Written by Guest Blogger Harmony Difo “Is this real? Or am I imagining things. Those strawberries must be real, they look too perfect and delicious not to eat!” These are the types of dreamy, irrational thoughts that floated across my mind as I stared longingly at the work of Pedro Campos, one of the sharpest photo-realist painters creating new work right now. Originally an art restorer, Campos’ unique talent has the ability to completely blur the lines between what is real and what is not. Is it a photograph or is it a painting? Is that a real Coca Cola bottle or are my eyes deceiving me? Then, after salivating over various paintings of fruits and sodas, another painting in the series shows an anonymous woman’s legs in a pair of fire-engine red pumps giving us a delightfully confusing mix of 80’s kitsch and heterosexual fantasy. What a varied and delightful take Campos has on pop-art — commonplace objects and scenarios painted with the ultimate in technical purity and precision! To paraphrase pop art king Warhol himself, with photo-realism the mystery is gone…but the amazement is just starting!