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Artist’s Paintings of Women in Nature Are Unbelievably Photorealistic

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New York-based Israeli painter Yigal Ozeri is a master of photorealism. For over 25 years the talented painter has developed his work, pushing the boundaries of photorealistic painting. Ozeri is known for his large-scale oil paintings of beautiful women set in vast expanses of nature. Sun-drenched, their ethereal beauty shines through the artist's portraits.

Each artwork begins with a photograph taken by Ozeri of a regular girl, as he rejects the idea of using models as examples of perfection. Cloaked in nature, the women take on an air of romanticism reminiscent of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Ozeri's skillful hand details each strand of hair blowing in the wind and highlights the light and shadow cast upon the women.

And while Ozeri is known as a master of photorealism, he isn't a big fan of the title. “I see myself as a figurative artist”, the diligent painter shares. “In general, I don’t feel comfortable with labeling and with my present grouping as a photorealist artist, even though I see myself as part of this genre. I feel that my contribution to art history are my works on paper.”

The artist's title as a master of photorealistic painting won't be going anywhere soon, though. His work is featured on the cover of Louis Meisel's Photorealism in the Digital Age, something he counts among his proudest achievements as an artist.

But where did his love of nature, an element infused throughout his work, come from? It's something that has been with him since childhood, when his family discovered his artistic aptitude. Though his family has no connection to the art world, his father would take him into nature from the age of 10 to paint what he saw. A look at his body of work clearly reveals the lasting effect these experiences left on the photorealist artist.

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In 2016, a documentary about this master of photorealism was released.

Yigal Ozeri: Website | Facebook 
h/t: [Design You Trust]

All images via Yigal Ozeri.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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