This is the kind of work that will seriously make you second-guess what you’re seeing.

Gustavo Silva Nuñez paints with a level of realism that’s almost “hyperrealistic”. His specialty? Creating scenes of people floating, swimming, or even just sitting in water. The level of talent involved in his work is pretty amazing. But that’s not all, Nunez likes to take it even a step further..

When finished painting, Nuñez will pose for photos with his work to create somewhat of an optical illusion. The result of this is it looks like he is “interacting” with characters painted on the canvas.

Check out some of his work below: