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By on November 16, 2011, with 20 Comments

As it has been confirmed over and over again, sometimes there is much more to the eye than you can initially perceive. This specially goes for the items that have been featured on Mighty Optical Illusions website. Today’s featured artist comes from Ukraine, and is widely recognized because of his illusory oil paintings. His name is Oleg Shuplyak. The gallery you’re about to see hides a surreal world once you take a look at it more closely. Through carefully placed objects, characters, coloring and shadows, there is a second image in the painting which creates an optical illusion.

I’m not sure whether this artist was more influenced by Sandro Del Prete’s opus or works done by famous Octavio Ocampo, but those of you following this website for some time will immediately notice the resemblance! Just like Sandro, Oleg’s works usually feature a portrait of famous personalities. Go through the gallery below and see how many of them can you recognize. Van Gogh, Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali are just few among dozens.

With works like these, it’s sometimes hard for the author to balance the weight of both images. Personally, I’m more fond of illusions where the “constructed”, 2nd image is more subtile. Oleg on the other hand, does quite opposite – The second image is so easily observable in some paintings, that you can actually miss the first one consisting of harmless landscape or characters in different settings. What you have to do then, is observe the painting more closely to actually see the initial setting and not concentrate on the faces. True skill of such artist is then evaluated by the fact how well did he construct the illusion, and whether the parts of landscapes constructing the illusion have useful part in the original setting. Artists often trap themselves by forcefully adding elements needed to construct the illusion, which don’t actually play their part well in the original setting. In my opinion, Oleg has mastered the technique just like Sandro did, and each part in his paintings seamlessly works in both images, the first “apparent” one, as well as the “hidden” illusory one. So, how many faces did you recognize? Which of his paintings did you like the most?

  • merrick

    Fascinating! Such an imagination. I’d love to have any of those paintings.

  • http://gmail.com Andrewpoky

    OH!! that is sooo clever!!!

  • gogmorgo

    Anyone know anywhere I could go to buy prints of some of those paintings? Those are awesome!

  • http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/david-g-wilson.html David G.Wilson

    There are other artists besides Sandro Del Prete and Octavio Ocampo painting in this manner. I’ve been painting in this manner for the past 31 years. You have featured one of my paintings and some kid thought that it was lewd. Maybe you should take a look at my work and see that there are others painting in that manner for many years.


  • http://www.davidgwilson.com/ David G. Wilson

    Here is my version of Van Gogh’s portrait painted in 1991, entitiled “Fleeced Lamb”


  • Mary

    Please tell me there is no face in the one with the bird(s). In some of them I can make the images alternate but in some I can only see the illusory image and not how it can be called part of the background.

  • Yuriy

    Most of those faces are real people who used to be writers, such as Shevchenko, Gogol and so on. I am so proud that Oleg is using them in such art.
    Thank you,

  • Booker

    Love these, though some are far more illusory than the others. Particullarly good is the bird one you opened with today, for a short time I did not spot that the upper one was an illusion – skill indeed.

  • eee efff geee

    post more like it……..that is one big elephant

  • Beverly

    The artist has a great imagination. Would love to own some of the art. Great Job! To me this is talent. Keep up the good work.

  • Bryan

    well, having looked at David G Wilsons work, I can only say how much more I now appreciate the work that is showcased here, yes there are many people doing similar work, but I cant help liking the unforced subtlety of Olegs work, and I particularly like the multi layered illusions of the featured portrait.

  • Shinichi888

    That’s very good, whoever did that

  • Moustache1020

    Shuplyak’s a genius; these are magnificent and superb in detail. The tribute of vincent vangogh is especially good, considering that he even captured vincent’s style of color and brushstroke. Even the ones with hidden faces still have extra illusiary details hidden elsewhere if you were to look. If I were to ever become filthy rich, THIS is the art that what I would collect; well, among other things.

  • Eileifr smith

    It is very good and awesome Painting.It has Lots of different type of arts use to drawing the painting.

  • Kitty Mitty

    awesome , I am very delighted because I am Ukarine toooo .

  • Karma

    Look up Dali’s “Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire”. Done in 1940.


  • ?

    I really like these. They are fascinating!

  • radia

    super c’est tres clair

  • Charles N

    Can anyone help me with contact details if I have to reach out to the artist, oleg shuplyak

  • maayan

    hello there
    im looking to contact the artist for exhibiting in our museum.

    could you please help me with contact or more details how to find him?

    best wishes