Stunning 3D Paintings Around the World


They’re Popping Up Everywhere!

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 11.56.15 AMBy: Fitri Handa Yani

Three-dimensional (3D) visual information has taken the world by storm. Found in practically every type of product from movies and greeting cards to paintings, 3D continues to mesmerize both the young and old. We’ve decided to focus on 3D paintings because, well, they’re just popping up everywhere!

Julian Beever

Based in Belgium, Beever has been travelling around the world creating 3D chalk art since the early 2000s. He started out as a portrait artist, drawing famous faces but as his passion for the arts grew, so did his curiosity for street art. Now known as the “Pavement Picasso”, Beever expanded his portfolio by working and perfecting anamorphic paintings on the pavement of different places like USA, Australia and Europe.

1. White Water Rafting

The artist takes spectators white water rafting in the middle of the street in Charleston, West Virginia. It is so realistic that you can feel the crocodile waiting to prey on you.


Joe and Max

A duo known for creating eye-catching 3D street paintings. For the past eight years, they have been travelling around the world and leaving their footprints by designing interactive 3D art pieces around the world for the public to enjoy. One of their pieces, even earned a title in the Guinness World Records for being the world’s largest and longest anamorphic artwork. Definitely an art piece not to be missed, this painting was even exhibited in West India Quay, London for Reebok CrossFit advert in 2011.

2. Reebok CrossFit Advertisement

This realistic piece measures roughly around 106m long, which is about the length of four blue whales.

3. Batman: Dark Knight Rises

Another striking creation by the duo, the “Batman: Dark Knight rises” was painted in 2012 in Madrid to inaugurate the release of the latest Batman film. The duo used the poster’s design and drew every detail out on the actual street of Madrid. The end product? An illusion that looks like passers-by are standing on top of a skyscraper and looking down into Batman’s world, which could frighten a few.


Keng Lye

4. The Singapore based artist Keng Lye has done the local art scene proud by creating 3D paintings that looks exactly like a photograph. Using a technique originated by Riusuke Fukahori, this homegrown artist has skilfully produced an illusion of fishes swimming in the water.

Alive without breath

Believe it or not, the swimming gold fish is painted on a flat surface. Painstakingly painted by Lye with numerous layers of cold resin and acrylic paint, there is absolutely no 3D manipulation in this artwork. The time-consuming method he used to create this stunning piece requires utmost patience. Upon completion, the artist would photograph each piece as if the aquatic animals are alive and breathing.