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Chinese Artist Creates Creepy Celebrity Portraits Made From Other People’s Faces

Is an image we see what we believe it is? Is it composed of the elements that we think we see, with techniques we think they are made with?

In his work, Zhang Wei conducts photographic surgery on celebrity portraits. Like a sculptor, he assembles and models their faces, which become contemporary Frankensteins. By recreating portraits of familiar people and faces, he asks questions about idolatry in terms of aesthetics, and offers viewers illusory familiarity.

The work is slow and tedious, requiring unending comparisons of noses and lips and eyes in his vast archive. It also takes a deft touch with Photoshop, and occasionally photographing a hat or other prop to include in the image. The hardest part is “reviving the human spirit,” Wei says, so the portraits don’t look too creepy. Each image takes about two weeks, though Hitler took more than a month.

Born in Shangluo, China, in 1977, Zhang Wei graduated from the department of photography by the Beijing Film Academy BFA. He lives and works in Beijing.

More info: Zhang Wei (h/t: wired)

Donald John Trump

Yury Alekseyevich Gagarin

Steve Jobs

Kim Jong-un

Che Guevara

Abraham Lincoln

Bashar al-Assad

John F.Kennedy

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

John Lennon


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Elvis Presley

Marilyn Monroe

Bruce Lee

Jackie Chan

Michael Jackson

Audrey Hepburn

Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie

Vladimir Putin

Pierce Brosnan

Saddam Hussein

Omar Mouammer al Gaddafi

George W. Bush

Osama Bin Laden

Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad

Barack Hussein Obama II

Adolf Hitler

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