Hyperrealistic Portraits by Mike Dargas

Artist Mike Dargas paints with oil, but his images look like photographs.

Mike started his creative movements as a carpenter producing sculptures from wood and metal. Now, as a painter, he works with a much softer material that allows him to introduce some unimaginable detail to each of his pieces.

Many of his works create an unforgettable impact as they measure over two meters in height. Featuring obsessive precision acquired from his days as a tattoo artist, Dargas’s oil paintings explore the idea of veiling the skin, or covering it enigmatic liquid substances resembling honey, oil and chocolate.

Mike Dargas was born in 1983 in Cologne, Germany. As a young schoolboy, he discovered the works of Salvador Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giger, who became his strong influences as his moved towards adolescence. At the age of eleven, Dargas exhibited his talent publicly, drawing old masters’ paintings with pastel and chalk on the pavement in front of the Cologne cathedral. In his early twenties, Dargas built a solid reputation in the tattoo scene, winning numerous prizes and awards.

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