Guess How Long a Young Artist Spent Creating This Hyperrealistic Beyoncé Portrait

Chris Minafo alongside his creation. Photo: via Elite Daily

Artist and New York University student Chris Minafo has risen to Internet fame after revealing that he spent 60 hours over the course of just 14 days creating a large, freakishly realistic portrait of his idol, Beyoncé Knowles.

In the four-minute video above, Minafo uses time-lapse video to detail the painstaking process of creating the flawless portrait.

The pop culture-obsessed painter has also depicted Christina Aguliera, Rihanna, and Ariana Grande in equally assiduous detail.

But of course, Beyoncé is the clear winner in Minafo’s eyes: “Beyoncé is quite possibly the most unfathomable person on this planet to me… I really hope this painting finds its way to her, and maybe puts a smile on her face as a thank you for the countless [smiles] she has put on mine,” he told Elite Daily.

Chris Minafo alongside his creation. Photo: via Elite Daily

Artist and student Chris Minafo alongside his creation.
Photo: via Elite Daily

“This is the largest painting I have made so far, and I took this challenge on as one less (sic) farewell to my teenage years,” he continued. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could paint my idol taller then (sic) I stood before I turned 20.”

As far as fan art goes, Minafo’s portrait may take the cake. Sure, an artist did once make a portrait of the singer using Oreos, but we have a feeling she’d be more flattered by this glowing, bouncy-haired depiction.

Is there any chance news of the portrait will find its way to Queen Bey? After all, she and hubby Jay Z are known to be patrons of the arts.

If this guy becomes the next “out of nowhere” market darling, don’t forget to say you heard it here first.


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