The photo above is a painting by Lagos-born Nigerian artist Oresegun Olumide. The hyperrealism created in oil paints makes his work seem so real that it is hard to believe they aren’t. In an interview with CNN, Olumide said, water is a recurring theme in his art because according to a popular adage in his native Yoruba language, “water has no enemy.”
He said, the use of water gives a translucent effect and that’s “why it’s difficult for many people to do.”
Olumide became interested in art at the age of four and started professionally creating art in 2005. The 35-year-old majored in Fine Art at the Yaba College of Technology , Lagos, graduating with a distinction.
Drawing inspiration from his community, he is creating pieces that reflect the lives of those around him.
His work, he says, is “a gradual process,” taking around two to three weeks to create individual pieces. “And depending on the intricacy I want to achieve, it can take a couple of months,” he added.