Pseudorealism, also spelled pseudo-realism, is a term used in a variety of discourses connoting an artistic and dramatic technique, or work of art, film and literature perceived as superficial, not-real or non-realistic. The term is often used to describe artistic methods deviating from what's commonly referred to as an accurate representation of reality. By definition, the term is highly subjective.
According to some, the term pseudorealism in reference to art, has a parallel in mathematical field of representation theory or the idea that something unreal can still give the impression of the real. There, a (pseudo real) Quaternionic representation is a group representation that is equivalent to its complex conjugate, but that is not a real representation.
In 2006, one of India's best known contemporary artists Devajyoti Ray had proposed a more concrete definition for the term Pseudorealism to refer to the juxtaposition of abstract shapes and colours to create realistic images. 
Pseudorealism gained prominence in recent years both within and outside India and has inspired over the years a variety of artistic fields like CGI animation and 3D computer graphics indistinguishable from cine-photography. Its use can also be seen in film productions, TV programmes, and video games, where special effects, computer generated imagery and 3D animation are used to augment reality based images.
Like Magic realism, popular in film, literature, and visual arts, Pseudorealism is an emerging a genre which includes within itself a wide range of practices. According to some experts, cynical pseudo-realism or simply Cynical Realism of the Stalinist era exposed by Orwell. as also Superflat art form a part of this genre.
Notes and references
- Eric Loren Smoodin, Ann Martin, Hollywood quarterly: film culture in postwar America, 1945-1957. Page 235. University of California Press.
- A Defence Of Paradise-Engineering. BLTC Research, 1998. Use of term: pseudo-realism.
- David Surman | Swinburne University of Technology - Academia.edu. Swinburne.academia.edu. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
- Hasina Khatib, "Pseudorealism back in Mumbai". Hindustan Times. Mumbai, November 14, 2011.
- David Surman, Master's Thesis: CGI Animation - Pseudorealism, Perception and Possible Worlds. GameCareerGuide.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
- What is pseudo-realism? Pseudo-realism.com. [unreliable source?]
- Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters. Page 93. Basic Books, 2003. ISBN 0-465-03050-5.