Given the works’ sharp, hyperrealistic features, it would be easy to assume that these paint spattered selfies are the result of some pretty decent photography and editing. You would, however, be wrong. The images are, in fact, super-realistic self portraits painted with all the precision of a photograph. Rather than capturing himself pixel by pixel, Eloy Morales, a 40-year-old artist from Madrid, has opted to oil paint himself into pictures that wouldn’t look out of place in a photography gallery.
If it weren’t for Morales standing in front of his half-finished canvases, you may well refuse to believe they’re the work of a painter. Even more astonishingly, the portraits you see here are Morales’ first attempt to paint himself, despite producing other picture perfect portraits of various models. Working in a small studio away from home so he can concentrate purely on his art, it takes Morales a solid month of eight hour days just to complete one oil painted canvas.
First picking up the paintbrush when he was four, it’s always been Morales’ dream to be a painter. After exhibiting everywhere from Italy to the United States and receiving global acclaim for his work, you could say that he’s realized his life goal. Some paintings see him smeared in shaving cream and oil paint, while other portraits play with bizarre imagery, like blanketing one of his models in delicate blue butterflies or tainted white flowers.