Yigal Ozeri’s exceptional ability to render his subjects in a realistic manner is enchanting and unbelievable.
“Ozeri breathes life into the fleeting moments that he had captured, challenging the momentary recording of the photograph, turning the temporal to the eternal. The paintings are not to be read as photorealistic, but rather, as transcending reality, a visual meditation on the soul” – Shlomi Rabi
Yigal Ozeri is an Israeli painter based in New York who is praised for his photorealist paintings of young women in nature. With an exceptional ability to render his subjects in a life-like manner, the artist creates enchanting allegorical scenes that blur the line between fantasy and reality.
Ozeri captures his muses in naturalistic environments and uses video stills and photographs as templates for his paintings. With minor digital alterations in colour and contrast to the images, the artist works to express the spirit of the moment as well as to convey a sense of idealism. His subjects are framed in transcendental moments, eschewing banal reality in favour of romanticized tableaus.
Yigal Ozeri, Untitled (Lizzie), Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches
Thousands of meticulous brushstrokes result in hyperrealistic paintings that, at first glance, appear to be printed photographs. The incredible depiction of hair, light and shadow is a testament to Ozeri’s craftsmanship and artistic brilliance.
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