british-nigerian fine artist kelvin okafor spellbinds with hyperrealistic portraits

June 7, 2017

British-Nigerian artist Kelvin Okafor is, by anyone’s standards, a hyper-realism portraiture master. His unreal skills recreate with razor-like precision, the contours and imperfections of his model’s features using pastels, graphite, colored pencils, and charcoal. But more than his mastery of re-producing imagary, Okafor’s work aims to capture the ‘aliveness’ and emotional realism of his subjects. Truly incredible work, check out some of my favorites, down below.

Kelvin Okafor is teaching a drawing workshop in Madrid, Spain July 1 and 2, more info.

Nigerian High Commissioner, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida

Kerry’s Interlude, 2016
Graphite, charcoal & black coloured pencil on archival paper 80 x 55 cm (31.5 x 21.5 in)