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At the beginning of the twentieth century, surrealist painters, such as Rene Magritte and Max Ernst, had re-discovered the techniques of the composition of faces hidden in their paintings. Later, Guiseppe Arcimboldo also used this technique of composition. Specializing for many years in optical illusions, Ukrainian painter Oleg Shuplyak creates intriguing paintings that represent famous historical figures such as Charles Darwin, Vincent van Gogh or William Shakespeare, as well as world-known art objects such as Mona Lisa.

With a metamorphic style, Shuplyak plays with perspective and elements to paint a second image that can sometimes be so subtle that it is difficult to discern without squinting. The artist evokes the phenomenon of pareidolia in his portraits of personalities where the landscape elements make up the features of the face while telling a whole another story. (Pareidolia is an optical illusion with ambiguous visual stimuli using clear and identifiable elements, often a human or animal form.)

Oleg Shuplyak’s art is fascinating and his works are among the best and most impressive optical illusions ever encountered. You can check some of his artful optical illusions below.