An American artist has become an online sensation with his incredible origami skills and surprisingly realistic paper sculptures.
Felix Semper, 58, shares images of his works on Instagram where he has 230,000 followers.
He makes his incredible sculptures from thousands of layers of glued paper.
Semper told Zenger News, “I create the sculptures by gluing sheets of paper into a shape, as close as possible to what my final sculpture is going to look like.
“I do it as high as I think the sculpture is going to be, and then I start carving it.
“I do all this by hand, there are no lasers, no measuring devices, only tools that I developed for this.
“And then I carve it and shape it and finally I sand it and paint it.
“A large sculpture can take anywhere from one to several months. And then a smaller piece like a sneaker can take around a week or two weeks, depending on its complexity.”
His incredibly lifelike paper sculptures are so realistic they could pass for real things.
In one photo, he appears to be playing a guitar – until he takes it apart to reveal the paper network inside.
Other images show a man in a desert robe pouring coffee until Semper reveals it to be a sculpture made from thousands of sheets of paper.
“I used to work in a print shop out back when I graduated from high school and I used to cut paper in the back of the print shop,” Semper said.
“At that point I started to think, you know, it would be a great art form. So, years later, I started to develop a sculpting technique that was different from any kind.
“It took me years to develop a technique for folding paper so I could make it into a stretch. But then, you know, also my love for animation. I have a great passion for animation. So I’m thinking of bringing all of these things together. I have really evolved.
“I don’t know if anyone’s done it before. I think there’s another artist in China doing something similar, but other than that I don’t think there’s anyone. a.
“Most of the reactions are ‘wow’. People are gobsmacked because they don’t expect the sculpture to look so solid and be able to move.”
Semper told Zenger News, “I’m a full-time artist. I’m also a full-time sculptor and painter. I travel around the world showing my art and doing exhibitions and I have a lot of clients and collectors. who buy from me and galleries who represent me.
“Most of my hobbies are related to art. I like painting, sculpting, drawing and I love the world of architecture.
“I use plain paper. Normally I only use copy paper, but sometimes I use thicker paper depending on the end result. Everything is done by sight or by looking at an object or photograph.”
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.