Hyperrealist Painter Mike Dargas Is Dripping With Talent

Hyperrealist Painter Mike Dargas

We recently saw photos of nudes dripping in honey. Now, stunningly realistic oil paintings by Germany’s Mike Dargas depict a similar subject.

Hyperrealist Painter Mike Dargas

Hyperrealist Painter Mike Dargas

In artist Mike Dargas’ latest work he paints intense close ups of beautiful women’s faces dripping with honey and chocolate syrup.

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Biting and licking their lips seductively, the erotic large-scale oil paintings are featured in his new solo show at Munich’s Ponyhof Art Club.

The invitation to Mike’s solo show at Munich’s Ponyhof Art Club:
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The artist and his agent Aniśa at the opening of his solo show at Munich’s Ponyhof Art Club on March 18th, 2015:
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Mike’s work at London’s Opera Gallery:
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Mike Dargas was born in Cologne, Germany in 1983. He began painting as a child and at the age of 11 shared his talent in public with street paintings on the “Domplatte“ in front of Cologne Cathedral. He was accepted at an art school as the only child in an adult class and there he blossomed as he learned different techniques and matured.

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In his early 20s he became famous in Germany’s tattoo scene and won several important awards and grants. Then, inspired by Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giga Mike shifted his focus to surrealism and realism. His works of people, painted realistically in oil on canvas use a precise technique and, like photography, capture a snapshot of the moment. The artist’s “dripping” portraits convey an intimate closeness and a suggested eroticism.

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Mike finds his models in his everyday life and does not limited himself to any certain type. He portrays young and old, beautiful and dark, fragile and strong people. They are lost in thought, grappling with inner conflicts or transmitting a unique and sometimes even revered calmness.

With his work Mike Dargas challenges us to take a deeper look, to understand the nature of humanity and to question our own emotional perception.


Mike Dargas’ work is on display at the Ponyhof Artclub in Munich through May, 2015

Images courtesy of the artist via his website, instagram and facebook

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