His greatest passion, drawing, started as a hobby. Flavio Apel, born in Italy and also half German, is currently one of the artists permanently displayed at the Gallery Rasch in the palace and park-filled city of Kassel in Germany. His hyperrealistic eye drawings have captured the attention of offline and online viewers, as they are painstakingly rendered in pencil on paperâ€”taking him from 20 to 150 hours to complete each. “Only two eyes are from strangers. The other eyes are from people I know very well,” he says and points out that the iris shown above is actually “of my [his] oculistâ€™s, which is pretty ironic.” He wonâ€™t be sketching anymore eyes as his focus has shifted to experimental artworks related with empty spaces and tableware.
All images courtesy of and Â© Flavio Apel.