Japanese Artist Draws Hyperrealistic Paintings That Can Be Confused As Photographs

Kei Mieno, a 33-year-old artist from Hiroshima, Japan creates incredible hyperrealistic oil paintings that have been showcased in multiple exhibitions in Japan as well as in art publications.

Mieno has been painting professionally for over 10 years and graduated from Hiroshima City University’s Faculty of Arts Department of Fine Arts in 2007 with a major in oil painting.

Kei’s work has been showcased in the Shiraishi Exhibition as well as the Hoki Art Museum. Last year, Mieno opened his first solo exhibition. Kei has also placed second in the Hoki Art Museum’s Grand Prize Exhibition.

Kei’s latest work, which he shared on his Twitter and Instagram pages, left his followers stunned. The image titled “As Is, Before Turning Into Words” (translated from Japanese), is an oil painting of a girl laying in a river stream, but it’s almost impossible to tell on first glance that it’s a painting and not a real-life photograph.

The painting of the girl in the stream is not the only one of Mieno’s works that will surprise you. His skill and talent are apparent in all of his work, even the paintings that are not hyperrealistic.


See for example this beauty that is clearly not painted in the same style, but is breathtaking all the same. However, his hyperrealistic oil paintings are getting a lot of attention. He was even featured on Yahoo! News Japan.

Recently, Mieno took to Twitter to share with his followers a painting that he created 15 years ago in order to show his fans the progress he’s made as an artist.

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