Vivid Details of Exotic Cacti Unexpectedly Come to Life in Hyperrealistic Paintings

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Korean artist Kwang-Ho Lee paints incredibly hyperrealistic depictions of exotic cacti blooming across enormous canvases. Measuring up to 8 feet tall, the vivid images make for a mesmerizing viewing experience: up-close details like hairy surfaces, feathery blossoms, and tiny bristles are abstract shapes, textures, and colors that make up an extraordinarily lifelike whole, when taken in from a distance. Each meticulous element becomes a part of the plant’s distinct personality, wildly different from the next.

As one of South Korea’s most eminent realist artists, Lee has exhibited his work prominently over the last 15 years. Many of his paintings are displayed in the nation’s most prestigious art institutions, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Seoul Museum of Art, and the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art.

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