10 Illusion Paintings That Will Blow Your Mind

Over the years, artists have tried to used the power of illusion with mind-blowing paintings to challenge the human mind. Their works often leave us wowed, as we ponder on the details of the images. Some of these  images have a clear twist to them, while others are just for entertainment. All the same, the artistic creativity of an awesome painting has the potential to make you take a second look. Below are ten works of art from artists spanning several generations that will cause you to question reality. These artists use architectural precision and creative license to paint a world of impossible realities. Enjoy the Surrealism, Magical Realism and Optical Illusions created by these exceptional artists.

1. Tomek Sętowski

Tomek Sętowski is a Polish artist known throughout for his distinctive style of Magical Realism. His art is filled with whimsical fairy-tale characters and beautiful women set among glittering cities floating high in the sky or deep underwater – sometimes both.

2. Robert Gonsalves


Canadian artist, Robert Gonsalves, uses his skill as an architect to perfect his art of illusion. He is usually precise in expressing his imaginations and he turns everyday scenes into magic through the style of Magic Realism.

3. Oleg Shuplyak


Oleg Shuplyak is a Ukrainian surrealist artist who has mastered the art of optical illusion. He  places characters, objects and coloring strategically throughout his scenic oil paintings to create two layers of images. He is famous for his surrealist depictions of historical famous figures, including Van Gogh, Darwin and Shakespeare.

4. Julian Beever


Contemporary artist Julian Beever uses the medium of chalk on public sidewalks to create one-of-a-kind, mind-bending illusions. His works look way too real.

5. Vladimir Kush

Russian born artist, Vladimir Kush refers to his work as “Metaphorical Realism”. He uses oil paintings to merges images and create fantastic, colorful imagery. Kush now lives in America. His art is on display in galleries throughout the U.S. He also creates seascapes and water images, though he best known to blend images of animals and inanimate objects.

6. Michael Parkes


Michael Parkes brings to life breathtaking and romanticized dreamscapes. This American artist now resides in Spain where he works with painting, stone lithography and sculpture to create amazing Fantasy Art and Magic Realism.

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7. Salvador Dali


Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dali, was one of the most prominent artists in his field. His grandiose and eccentric behavior could only be outdone by his wild and imaginative art. He titled the painting above The Persistence Of Memory.

8. Jos de Mey


Look closely at this painting by Flemish-Belgian artist, Jos de Mey. The two large figures are  two old people: a man and a woman, while the smaller images inside are probably the younger version of the oldies. For the majority, Jos de Mey used acrylic paintings to create his artwork and primarily featured depictions of impossible objects in a photo-realistic style. He is also well-known for borrowing characters from other artists such as Magritte and M.C. Escher.

9. M.C. Escher


Drawing Hands was done by Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Escher, one of the most famous artists of illusion. Through the medium of woodcuts, mezzo-tints and lithographs, Escher applied his knowledge of mathematics, architecture and geometry to create impossible and seemingly infinite constructions.

10. Giuseppe Arcimboldo


This is Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Seated Figure Of Summer. He was an Italian artist from the 1500′s and a master at tricking the eye by arranging everyday objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, books and even fishes to create the illusion of faces. Arcimboldo arranges the produce with precision that the painting still gives a very recognizable likeness to the actual subject of the painting.

Amira Daniel
Amira Daniel
Amira is a personal finance and entertainment writer by trade with several years of experience covering businesses, CEOs, and celebrity profiles, her favourite subjects include business and personal finance, entertainment, celebrities, and travel. When she's not writing, you can find her reading or catching up on any of her favourite series


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