It’s perfectly normal to think of optical illusion books or Beetlejuice when gazing upon a Shirly Raz rendering. After all, the well-traveled artist often incorporates black and white stripes into her work and they’re famously associated with the two aforementioned things. Much more impressive though are the inventive ways she weaves stripes onto people’s bodies and surroundings. Her resulting images are the definition of surreal, with faces seemingly disappearing into a floor and women blending harmoniously into hypnotic spirals. You just know you’re in for a visual treat when browsing her work.
Though she has many years of art education under her belt, Shirly Raz is still currently enrolled at the Russian Academy of Art in Florence. Prior to that, she was at the Angel Academy of Art, mastered her craft under the tutelage of George Roth and spent seven years studying art in Israel.