Several days ago, we told you about such genre of art as photorealism. If you missed it, please, check out this article, because today we’d like to drive this theme and write about hyperrealism.

This art movement has developed since the early 1970s and is considered an advancement of Photorealism. What is the difference between these styles?

First of all, the difference lies in their approaches. Unlike photorealism, hyperrealism focuses on the object itself, presenting it as a living object. As a result, these detailed paintings create the illusion of a reality not seen in the original photo—fake reality. Their textures, surfaces, lighting effects, and shadows appear clearer and more distinct than the reference photo or even the actual subject itself.

Another difference is that Photorealist painters tended to omit political value, human emotion, and narrative elements, while hyperrealist renderings are narrative and emotive in their depictions. Thus, you can not only admire the accuracy of reality transmission but also live out the stories of the people depicted. These artworks always make a lasting impression!

Thirdly, photorealists imitate analog photography, whereas representatives of hyperrealism use digital photographs and expand them to create a new sense of reality.

On our site,, you can learn more about this genre of painting as well as about some of its most famous representatives, including Claudio Bravo, Chuck Close and Denis Peterson.

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