These 5 Nigerian Hyper-Realist Artists Will Leave Your Mind Blown [LOOK]

These 5 Nigerian Hyper-Realist Artists Will Leave Your Mind Blown. Photo: OkayAfrica

It takes a special, perhaps, preternatural gift to be able to produce works of art that look so real they make viewers second-guess their eyesight.

Several African artists are amongst this talented bunch of hyper-realist artists, whose craftsmanship and stringent attention to detail produce some of the most utterly mind-blowing works that we’ve had the pleasure of seeing.

For these artist, the tedious process is just as meaningful as the outcome.

Blow, check out 5 African hyper-realists whose work leaves us quite astonished. For more, revisit our list of 10 Nigerian hyper-realists whose work will trick your eyes.


Raji Bamidele

This Nigerian hyper-realist is popular for drawing Nigerian political figures like President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ayo Filade

This Nigerian artists hand drawings are unbeatable.

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Amazing hyper realistic charcoal on canvas artwork by Raji Abdul-Gaffar Bamidele ( @radelart ). Tittle of art work : IRETI (HOPE) IN SOME CONTEXT, EXPECTATION About the art work: The word “IRETI“ is a Yoruba word means hope and in other context it means expectations. Human existence has been catalysed and kept alive by hope and expectations. The hope for a better life, infrastructure and agricultural resources; even when our thighs and arms are hurting from sailing the hurdles of life, IRETI (hope and expectations) has always been our paddle. Life in general is a saddle of which its existence is filled with strife; strife that has tried in all futility to drown our God given talent bestowed upon humans from the cradle. IRETI has kept man moving towards the bright spark jumping every hurdle and keeping every vibe alive and shimmering as we move towards the end of the tunnel. Even when we make mistakes, we keep confronting life with our resourceful, innovative and improvisation ability. Because of IRETI, man has grown the spirit to adapt. Because of IRETI, I implore you all to say I will conquer. The unemployed,every mother in the labour room, every father waiting to hear the voice of his new-born child and his wife. Every student waiting for the final day of graduation, never minding all that he or she has faced in the past few years…………… ALL BECAUSE OF IRETI WE SMILE WITH IMMENSE JOY, FOR THIS ARTWORK SHOWS THE EXPRESSION OF A MAN FILLED WITH IRETI (HOPE)…….. MEDIUM used : charcoal on canvas……… #Radelart #team_radelart #ccalagos ONE OF MY CLASSICS … IT NEVER GETS OLD

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Arinze Stanley

This Nigerian artist is well known for his incredibly intricate drawings that usually take him hours on end to complete.

Babajide Olatunji

The Nigerian artist’s series on scarification is one-of-a-kind. We included him on our list of 15 African artists to follow on Instagram not only because his work is splendid, but also because he’s incredibly entertaining. Check out his dance moves as he paints a portrait of Fela Kuti.

Chiamonwu Joy

This Nigerian artist shared her work on Twitter yesterday and it’s blown up since—and for good reason. Her black and white charcoal drawings seamlessly capture the essence of their female subjects.


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