When you realize these are actually paintings and not real photographs you start to appreciate the astonishing talent of Marco Grassi. His fusion of hyperrealism and surrealism in one huge painting brings many different emotions all at once. In words of the artist himself: “My goal is to stir deep emotions, trying to make people more sensitive. I want to combine reality and surrealism, exploring human thoughts and nature in a more personal way.” Surrealism comes in with an unexpected twist to remarkably realistic portrait in a many different ways. Sometimes his subjects appear as half-human and half statues. Some have different strong collared skin and futuristic jewelry. The time he spends on perfecting his masterpieces varies depending on the size and complexity. He devotes at least several months to just one painting. Adding surrealism to his work he achieves the duality in human nature. “Our inner side, intimate and extremely sensitive, in opposition to our interest in the appearance of things, like a vase, a pot, a shell. Beautiful and precious, but empty inside.” Here you can visit his Instagram and Facebook page.