Would You Believe These Lively Goldfish Are Actually Intricately Done 3D Paintings?

It’s hard to believe, but these lively goldfish swimming in the bowls are not real at all! They are painted meticulously, layer by layer, slightly revealing more and more of the fish, making it both a painting and sculptural.

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Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints incredibly realistic three-dimensional goldfish embedded in layers of transparent resin

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His artworks look more like photos of actual fish swimming peacefully in their little tanks

riusuke fukahori intricately paints swimming goldfish with resin

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The talented artist creates his “living masterpieces”using a complex process involving layers of cast resin and acrylic paint

Riusuke Fukahori’s work could best be described as a a combination between painting and sculpture.

Though he had been creating them for years, Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori busted out into the online art scene only last year with his three-dimensional goldfish paintings created by pouring resin.

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He patiently builds up his fish, layer by layer, adding transparent resin to create a realistic three-dimensional effect. Despite the tedious and complex nature of the artistic process, the end results are highly dynamic, capturing the animated life of the fish.

The meticulous, delicate craft of resin painting is never more evident than in the goldfish work by japanese artist riusuke fukahori

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It's interesting to note that once he even began using resin, the artist kept it a secret for eight years until he perfected his technique. Of course, many copycat artists emerged, though you can easily tell which ones are Fukahori's just by looking at the container. Each of his fish works are found inside common Japanese household items like bowls and cups.

What makes Fukahori's works so amazing, however, isn't the containers they reside in, it's the technique he uses

He creates these hyper-realistic sculptures of swimming goldfish by a slow and meticulous process. First, he pours a layer of resin, lets it dry, and then paints a small portion of the fish on top it, lets it dry, and then pours another layer of resin, repeating this process until he makes a three-dimensional representation of a goldfish.

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He states, “I didn’t invent resin and not the first to use resin. I am not a resin artist. I am a goldfish artist. I think it’s obvious which pieces are Riusuke Fukahori pieces because the imitators use the wrong containers. They will never understand goldfish the way I do. They are only copying the craft, not the soul.”

Now, watch this fascinating video to see how the artist paints 3-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin

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GALLERY: Riusuke Fukahori's incredibly realistic three-dimensional art

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