Ron Muech – Hyper Realist Sculptor

Ron Muech – Hyper Realist Sculptor

There is a point, when sculpturing, at witch taking great care of details leads to creating hyper realistic artwork that cannot be set apart from the real world objects it is supposed to represent. Ron Muech sculptures are just that, extraordinary realistic art that seems real even after looking at it for the tenth time. The design of his creative sculptures can be explained just using this word: superb!

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About the artist:

Ron Mueck was born on 1958 is an Australian hyper realist sculptor working in Great Britain. Mueck‘s early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and films, notably the film Labyrinth for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo.

Mueck moved on to establish his own company in London, making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry.

Although highly detailed, these props were usually designed to be photographed from one specific angle hiding the mess of construction seen from the other side. Mueck increasingly wanted to produce realistic sculptures which looked perfect from all angles.

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In 1996 Mueck transitioned to fine art, collaborating with his mother-in-law, Paula Rego, to produce small figures as part of a tableau she was showing at the Hayward Gallery. Rego introduced him to Charles Saatchi who was immediately impressed and started to collect and commission work.

This led to the piece which made Mueck’s name, being included in the Sensation show at the Royal Academy the following year. Dead Dad is a rather haunting silicone and mixed media sculpture of the corpse of Mueck’s father reduced to about two thirds of its natural scale. It is the only work of Mueck’s that uses his own hair for the finished product.

Mueck’s sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images. His five meter high sculpture Boy 1999 was a feature in the Millennium Dome and later exhibited in the Venice Biennale.

In 2002 his sculpture Pregnant Woman was purchased by the National Gallery of Australia for $800,000.

Check out the photographs that speak louder than words about the detail levels and the creativeness of his artsy sculptures

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41 Responses to “Ron Muech – Hyper Realist Sculptor”
  1. John1251 says:

    Very nice site!

  2. pupu987 says:

    prior to my time Munich

  3. John606 says:

    Very nice site!

  4. John184 says:

    Very nice site!

  5. An intriguing concept this. I’m a single of those persons whom tend to wait for things to mature prior to taking action but in this case I am mindful that inaction leads to only failures so I will heed your comments and begin to do some thing about it.

  6. John1276 says:

    Very nice site!

  7. John752 says:

    Very nice site!

  8. John1129 says:

    Very nice site!

  9. lala says:

    This guy is reviving art. His work is amazing… Realism is a vessel that runs throughout the history of art, and this is the next level of it (Hyperrealism). The works here shown are his earlier pieces, you should see his more recent pieces, they are even more amazing.

  10. ujjwal janpriya says:

    i just became mad…

  11. cajay says:

    The body of work is beautiful and accomplished rewarding it with such a title as Hyper Realisim. From the eerily identically similar human feature details to his magnified perception of content the work reveals a testament to our physical make-up…The only peice that is personally disturbing is the undetectable foot…Neccessary?

  12. JANINA says:


  13. Jenny says:

    It really looks real!!!!!!and funny.

    I think they did a great job on them.

  14. BadHorse says:

    Jimmy Johnson:
    You’d be forgiven for thinking that as you haven’t seen these in person. Many people here have, myself included, and can tell you that the hair isn’t painted on, it’s all hair. I’m not sure if it’s human – I don’t think so – but each hair you see in those photos are individual follicles. Also, the skin does have much detail like pigmentation and scaling. So, you’re wrong.

  15. jess says: looks real..

  16. shitana says:

    Woooow OMG!! Just imagine like been really high and see this…. how scary would that be??
    They will star to talk to you and s… haha cool trip.

  17. Gbenga Awotunde says:

    This is truly a God-ordained artist/sculpturist. The arts are simply breath-taking. God bless you brother. You are truly great.

  18. lynda says:

    I just had the opportunity to see these sculptures in Brisbane. I am not usually hugely a fan of art but these were absoultely amazing. The incredible detail that goes into them, veins, moles etc is incredibly impressive

  19. ZeSheo says:

    Disgusting looking but amazing art. lol

  20. mertacop says:


  21. newsdady says:

    aweosome awesome pics nice art

  22. Chester says:

    The big *ss chick under the sheet is scary man! I would buzz out so hard seeing that in person

  23. Rob says:

    The details of these… just amazing.

  24. Eduardo Buys says:

    Beautiful work of Ron Mueck.
    It is a realistic rather than fantastic.
    Eduardo Buys

  25. Michael says:

    I saw a show of Duane Hanson’s works at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.

    The first few of these sculptures were randomly placed on museum benches as if they were guests simply enjoying the art. It definitely caused me to do a double-take. I saw it fool quite a few guests. My kids then got into the act and started trying to pose as if they were additional sculptures.

  26. Wane says:

    Nice work Mr. Ron Muech, I really like your sculptures. You made it as what the human look like. They are really realistic and I’m totally amaze.

    I want to have one of your work to place in my house, well I know it’s too expensive. Hm mm…My walls are made by the allweekwalls from New York, they are good just like your work but If ever I plan to change it again, I want to have one your piece to put on as a display in my house.

  27. Lauren M. says:

    Hmm…why is his name spelled Muech instead of Muek?

    Anyways, if any of you haven’t seen his work in person, you should. The big baby is, hands down, my favorite. Seriously!

  28. The sculpture must be God trained in the higher realm.
    The work are incredible “AMAZING!”

  29. Gaatha says:

    OMG awesome wish I had a chance to see it in person.The two old women & couple are so realistic I just wanted to touch them & see if they would respond.THANKS FOR SHARING.

  30. Marlboro says:

    no comments, progress is necessity in arts.

  31. S. says:

    Have you ever seen this work in person?
    The n*ked giant-man (p2) is in D.C., and the level of detail coupled with the scale of the sculpture was really surreal. I took a picture with my phone (trying to convince people to go to art galleries with me…), and just as I did a double-take (a triple take… maybe a quadruple take…) in the museum, I did a double-take every time I flipped past that picture to find a different one in my phone.

    The imagery really IS hyper-real, and its unfortunate that some of the “oomph” of these pieces is missing when you see photos of them online. So while I find that the adolescent boy here looks a little “off” in terms of proportion, and the black woman’s face seems to be lacking in some detail, overall the sculptures really ARE “hyper-realistic,” and the effect is only enhanced if you have the opportunity to see the pieces in person.

  32. danniboi says:

    Truely awesome, never seen anything like this before. very well done.

  33. Roshita says:

    its so amazing….very nice creative

  34. Jimmy Johnson says:

    To be considered hyper-realistic, the artist needs to make the hair detail look like actual hair, not just painted on ie) spooning couple. As well, the primate foot close-up doesn’t show any scaling of the skin on the heel as you would expect to see on a real animal.

    While I recognize the artist for his dedication to his style of work, as a critic, I see some failing in the representation of his intended subjects.

  35. Sarah says:

    Saw some of this series of his work at the Aberdeen Art Gallery a few weeks ago, was excellent. The model of the couple is especially moving when seen up close, they are so small and cold looking, so unloving and distant.
    The giant baby girl was there too, incredible and incredibly huge yet I think it is the most life-like model of his that I saw.

  36. Thera says:

    The one with the couple spooning looks like the two are related.


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