06.02.09 by Jeff

Roberto Bernardi

Paintings, no not photos… paintings by Roberto Bernardi.

roberto bernardi painting oil photo realistic painter pop

roberto bernardi painting oil photo realistic painter pop

roberto bernardi painting oil photo realistic painter pop

roberto bernardi painting oil photo realistic painter pop

roberto bernardi painting oil photo realistic painter pop

roberto bernardi painting oil photo realistic painter pop

roberto bernardi painting oil photo realistic painter pop

roberto bernardi painting oil photo realistic painter pop

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • rye

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat the heeeeeeeeeeck…. is there even a point to painting that good?

  • Johan

    There is NO WAY those are paintings!!..

    • BriannaNicole

      My mind wass blown at first too, but they are! Oil on canvas!

  • Cutovoi

    I´m done. Envy.


  • I can’t… I don’t believe it.
    Those must be very well photoshopped pictures.

    • BriannaNicole

      They are real! Oil on canvas! Mind blowing :O

  • That first one is really good. The last one you see it a tiny bit

  • Modern day Norman Rockwell!

  • c_los

    wtf wtf wtf wt fwt fwtfw

  • nice waste of time.

  • M.R.

    I definately tip my hat to this guy, forget HD tv….hes doin HD PAINTINGS

  • that doesn’t even make sense

  • They kind of look like 3d renders.

    Do you know anything about the process? Surely he must have a photo(s) to work from?

    • BriannaNicole

      Yes, he uses high quality pictures to look at and I think projects them onto his canvas to trace, but he does do all the painting himself. Oil on canvas! It’s insane

  • so c.


  • SCRM

    I think we all need to get together, find this man and beat him senseless.

  • hooooooooow?

  • jaca

    he’s very patient I must admit, but i don’t like those painings – we have cameras to do photos. it’s completly soulless.

  • Ze

    The first one >>work in progress <>work in progress << http://www.robertobernardi.com/paintings/paintings_p11.html

  • Shit. Thats awesome!

  • Margot

    thats incredibly. but i agree with jaca

  • even if it’s really awesome, i agree with Jaca too.

  • student

    maybe that’s his point. I dunno. Maybe that’s the reaction he wanted.

    “Shit! those are paintings! No way??”
    “What’s the point?”
    “There is no soul. we can use cameras for that.”

    Since most of the subjects are mundane objects that show how material our life is..
    Maybe he was tryin to make a statement, IMO

  • yeah, it’s really impressive… but I think I would like a lot more if it came with the concept, I mean, nobody does that kind of painting without a really strong concept, knowing that it will be judged as “complete waste of time” (I agree with that, at least, for now).
    I admit that the concept is clear once you think about it, BUT, still, pop art did that a long time ago.

  • Student, I do agree with you…. IT MUST have a concept, but, is it enough? Even if the artist is expecting this kind of reaction, WHO IN THE WORLD WOULD HAVE THAT KIND OF TROUBLE to make realistic paintings like that, just to receive a weak response? These paintings give you something to think about… but just for 5 minutes. Is the juice worth the squeeze?

  • ^ yea great points. i feel the same way when i see any photorealistic painting to be on honest, even when they are fantastic portraits of people and not these mundane everyday things – and especially when they are copied from an identical photograph.

    i do find the magazine rack interesting and perhaps its the one that leads me to believe Bernardi is attempting to make a statement, similar to what Student mentioned. the craft here is incredible i wouldn’t hang them on my wall though.

  • Gotta give him credit, he’s probably the most controversial/talked about artist ever posted on booom?

    You should post more stuff like this jeff. Make people think beyond “i like this” or “meh”

  • the Valerie Hegarty post remains the most debated – 70 comments or something


  • Stuart

    The unexplainedness of beautyful amazment

  • Claudio!


  • shibby

    whhhaaaaat theeeeeee fffffffuck
    so awesome

  • Jam!e


    1. draw a really small grid
    2. take a photo
    3. grid up several high quality printouts of that photo
    4. start mixing the colours
    5. commit suicide due to the inane pointlessness of life
    6. make sure you have good quality sun lights
    7. whoops

  • This is Caraaaazily purrrrrrrrrrrrfect, how os that a painting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!8o

  • jammal

    He does take the photograph and then transcribes it (perhaps from slide, perhaps using the grid system), but I think the point of it is to take the concept of actually freezing a moment in time that actually happened from the monopoly of photography and brings back some of the glory to oil paint.

  • Jason

    First and last ones are photos. They are the photos he will use to paint from. I don’t know why he posts them as “work in progress”.

  • zanez

    helkarava – good one.kinda agree, but if it’s your passion to get done shits we see us around in that HQ on paper.. with color ,than .. do it. and he does it in MAX HQ
    still WTF !

  • coco

    i’m sure we all wish we could do what this guy can do. agree?

  • wow..THIS IS 4D

  • AIDA


  • maryam

    very gooooooooooooooood.

  • aida

    it s very good

  • No, this is not a photo, i saw 1st painting just last week at Bernaducci.Meisel Gallery, exactly the same as it is above. It is photorealism, due to the advantage of technology, some artists use photograph and projector on canvas and some artist use in addition an airbrush tool. Examples are Bernardo Torrens and Hubert de Lartigue.



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  • BriannaNicole

    I just discovered this guy. I looked through an entire album of his work thinking they were photographs, only to go back and see the album was titled “paintings”. I sat there with my mind blown for like 15 minutes! He is my ultimate role model, absolutely incredible!

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