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Picture to Painting: Real Life Models by Flora Borsi

By Jules Ebe on May 15th 2013

19-year-old Hungarian photographer Flora Borsi creates a series of self-portraits that imagines what the models of classic abstract paintings would look like. Her series, Real Life Models, examines the oddity of contorted portraits through photo manipulation. Paintings from Kees van Dongen, Gelber Narrenhut, Rudolf Hausner, Picasso, and others offer the playful canvases for Borsi’s work.

Borsi loves to explore conceptual art through photo-manipulation. She states that the essence of her work is to visualize the physically impossible. For Real Life Models, Borsi used herself as the model, and prepared by researching suitable clothing and accessories to best convey the emotion of the original painting. After the photo shoot, she digitally added the original subject’s features and particular character to her own.





Borsi’s series also reminds me of photographer Eugenio Recuenco’s work that we featured earlier this year. In his series, Recuenco re-imagined Picasso’s paintings as modern day fashion models.

If you are interested in purchasing prints, you can visit her gallery here.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

CREDITS : Photographs by Flora Borsi have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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  1. Joseph Prusa


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  2. Rudy C

    your surreal images speak for themselves young woman!!! by the way..I found your face very interesting and I did a caricature of you with your work, if you’re interested..I am a the tradition of Sebastian Kruger.

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  6. John

    How amazingly creative! 19 years old. When I was 19, well, let’s just say this girl is phenomenal.

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  7. Bert McLendon

    Oh that’s just awesome. =)

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  8. Pratik Naik

    Amazing! That is so well done too!

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