Expressive Hyperrealistic Hand Paintings Highlight the Personality at Our Fingertips

Realistic Hand Painting by Javier Arizabalo Garcia

Given their complex anatomy, hands are often considered one of the most difficult subjects to draw. Artist Javier Arizabalo Garcia, however, manages to capture the expressive language of hands in his hyperrealistic paintings. On each canvas, he renders a posed hand so supple that you'd think it was a photograph.

Based in Spain, Garcia received formal fine art training in his Basque hometown of Irun and at the University of Bilbao. After careers in both graphic design and photography, the artist decided to pursue painting full-time in 2006. His successful creative practice focuses on traditional figurative subjects such as people and still lives and emphasizes strong realism techniques. Thanks to a keen understanding of light and shadow, Garcia renders three-dimensional models using only oil pigment. But you might not realize this fact; his brushstrokes are so fine and precise they appear invisible to the eye.

In his depictions of isolated hands, Garcia recalls classical figurative painting. Each work is set against a plain atmospheric background, typically black or gray, wherein the only focus is the gesture of the hand. While in some pieces the light source is unknown, in others there is a staged candle that illuminates the fingers and palm.

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Artist Javier Arizabalo Garcia creates hyperrealistic paintings of hands.

Realistic Hand Painting by Javier Arizabalo Garcia

He masterfully renders the suppleness of skin in oil paint.

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Some pieces are staged with a candle to illuminate the palm.

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Get a peek into Garcia's meticulous painting process below:


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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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