Art | February 23, 2017 5:00 am

Russian Artist Oleg Shuplyak Hidden Figure Paintings Are Amazing Optical Illusions

Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘On the stage (Shakespeare)’ (Oleg Shuplyak)
Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘United bother Cezanne’ (Oleg Shuplyak)

 

Ukranian architect Oleg Shuplyak designs buildings for a living, but MrOlik, his pseudonym, creates paintings that are a world of their own.

With an architect’s eye for detail and structure, Shuplyak’s paintings are also highly inventive optical illusions that double as portraits of other artists and historical figures. His primary technique, which he’s been refining since 1992, masks portraits within larger depictions of figures and landscapes. What looks like a woman seated in front of a table with a white tablecloth up close can also be seen as a portrait of Salvador Dali from afar.

Scroll down to check out our gallery of Shuplyak’s best, and most surreal, hidden portraits to date.

Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Freud that spies’ (Oleg Shuplyak)
Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Newton in the Garden of Ideas’ (Oleg Shuplyak)
Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘On the stage-Shakespeare’ (Oleg Shuplyak)
Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Artist’ (Oleg Shuplyak)
Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Double portrait of Van Gogh’ (Oleg Shuplyak)

 

Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Impression of Monet’ (Oleg Shuplyak)

 

Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Darwin (Science and Religion)’ (Oleg Shuplyak)

 

Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Mysterious Marilyn’ (Oleg Shuplyak)
Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Gaugin’ (Oleg Shuplyak)
Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Appearance Messiah’ (Oleg Shuplyak)
Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Vision of Nostradamus’ (Oleg Shuplyak)
Hidden figures Oleg Shuplyak
‘Venice’ (Oleg Shuplyak)

 

—RealClearLife Staff