Close your eyes and imagine an artist. What do you see? A tweed beret, a painting brush, a scarf, a Yann Tiersen song playing in the background? It’s incredible how much we get caught up in cliches and stereotypes.

In reality, artists come in all forms, backgrounds, cultures, styles, and whatnot, and you don’t need to carry around a portfolio that weighs half a ton to prove it.

Just take a look at the #Art vs. Artist hashtag challenge that has been surfing around on Twitter lately. Artists are sharing their portraits and artworks side by side to show how their creations reflect (or not!) on their appearance. View it as an experiment whether art does show on a face, but remember that you’re the one to decide, 'cause there’s simply no straightforward answer.

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muslimahpaintsx Report

postboredom
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11 months ago

Wow. Those paintings are so beautiful.

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Bored Panda reached out to Mxrixha, the painter behind the viral #artvsartist post which amassed 1.1 million likes and 166.9k retweets. The artist who goes by the Twitter handle @muslimahpaintsx told us that after her account was recently suspended, she lost out on all her audience and assumed business had gone down.

“I then made a new one and put my tweet of art vs. artist up again, and it drastically hit hundreds and thousands,” she said. Fortunately, her new account brought in a bigger audience and more customers than last time. Mxrixha said: “I was so overwhelmed by the support and positive words.” 

The painter said that her inspiration is based purely on the meanings of the Quran and herself as a Muslim. “A lot of my inspiration is taken from the trials and tribulations of this world and the goodness and rewards that come to you in the end,” she said.

When asked if she believes in the link between the artist’s appearance and their artwork, Mxrixha commented that “there’s no particular link with my appearance and work other than they’re both Islamic.” She added: “I wear this jilbaab/hijab as it’s been ordained upon me and the paintings I do are specifically only buildings and/or nature.”

Moreover, she doesn’t paint any type of humans and/or animals “as it’s not permissible, I wouldn’t compromise my beliefs for anything.”

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DAlvareztv Report

postboredom
Community Member
11 months ago

Each painting looks like a song

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Oaklynn
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11 months ago

Talent!

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Like many viral things on the internet, the #Art vs. Artist hashtag challenge started as a meme. It was a test to see if artwork reflects the identity of its creator, as many assume. Artists would post the hashtag along with a selfie surrounded by eight of their selected art pieces.

The hashtag quickly blew up all over the internet, and artists from various genres joined in for the challenge. Soon, it outgrew its initial memesy-ness and became a fun way for creators to represent themselves on social media.

In reality, #Art vs. Artist allows the creator to present their best work for enormous crowds of people on Twitter that wouldn't be possible in the real world.

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rayluaza Report

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
11 months ago

Favorite so far.

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gewska Report

Mark Howell
Community Member
11 months ago

WOW !!

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postboredom
Community Member
11 months ago

I have a couple like these in my room. That takes a lot of talent.

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What if it’s a modern take on a mini portfolio? In times when self-promoting is a quintessential part of a successful career, showing a selection of your best work can be game-changing. One hashtag can help artists to build their following fast and boost their brand name with minimal resources.

Before social media, curating a solo exhibition, inviting buyers, and making connections with curators was a hell of task every up-and-coming artist had to do. Today, it’s no longer the case.

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rawdneyk Report

Mimi777
Community Member
11 months ago

Beautiful!

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
11 months ago

I like the strong, bold colours. It is a very expressive portrait.

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rikolaguilles Report

ruthenium the ruther
Community Member
11 months ago

Oooh! This is cool!

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ccjellis Report

postboredom
Community Member
11 months ago

TBH i love your hair. Your paintings cool too

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MarcellaW19 Report

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
11 months ago

That painting looks JUST like my good friend! I'll have to show it to her.

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rivercloud_ Report

Jeff
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

I thought these were studio ghibli for half a second!! Amazing!

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JelenaHaeschke Report

Tara K
Community Member
11 months ago

I love this, cute and simple looking.

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TaniDaReal Report

Reirei
Community Member
11 months ago

Aah a name I recognize :)

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SisterHalianne Report

Mikhael Barreto
Community Member
11 months ago

Gotta love abstract horror

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fakheaar Report

KAYTEE THURMOND
Community Member
11 months ago

She looks like her art to the T .

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jrgdrawing Report

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
11 months ago

Those... are awesomely creepy.

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EZombieArt Report

Josh Tall
Community Member
11 months ago

God, I hope you're doing graphic novel work!!! I love it!!!

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dums_mimi Report

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
11 months ago

Can't we see more of those pictures? They're so good! <3

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Angie Buyong
Community Member
11 months ago

cute!

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ForbiddenSnacky Report

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
11 months ago

I like the galaxy one.

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Personfaces Report

Tara K
Community Member
11 months ago

I love how unique this one is I've Never seen anything like some of these.

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UniversaJess Report

Reirei
Community Member
11 months ago

To those people critiquing this picture, please show us your own art so we might compare...

Thenatural
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11 months ago

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I'm not the one inviting judgement of my work..and anyway,does my lack of artistic ability make this effort any less crap?

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Justin Seagull
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

Okay, first of all. It's common sense to not insult the artist or call anything "crap" when criticizing someone's work. It fine to criticize, but be respectful. Point out what wrong about the painting if you like, but watch your mouth. This is a thread for people sharing their works and people may see and enjoy them. If you don't like something, move on, no one needs to hear what you have to say, but if you really can't contain yourself, please use kind words to criticize not belittle someone's effort.

Thenatural
Community Member
11 months ago

Justin...I cannot argue with that...and on reflection I feel more than a little ashamed...I'd like to apologise to the artist and to other panda's. it's my hope that the artist continues to paint and seeks tuition to develop her style...no point in giving up because I was wearing my asshole jacket is there? Thanks Justin....taken on board x

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
11 months ago

The art is great! Haters gonna hate I guess

Thenatural
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11 months ago

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It's not...it really,really is not.

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Patricia Brown
Community Member
11 months ago

A modern Mona Lisa- great work!

cassiushumanmother
Community Member
11 months ago

All these art critics and no one pointed out that she just painted her own Mona Lisa, naive art style. The pose, the river on the background... You can dislike naive art, but she nailed it.

Justin Seagull
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

For those who called this artwork "garbage", and think it is inviting judgement, please give some details. Is it the colour that's not right? The brush strokes? Tell us, it would be interesting to learn something, and I'm sure the artist herself would love to hear some productive comments. But don't bring up your "nine-year old", or comparing it to other works, just focus on this piece. Tell people where it can improve, and not just belittling the work and getting pissed when some people ask for why you think it's bad.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
11 months ago

We wuz kangz! Kangz, I tellya!

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
11 months ago

I like the intense colours of the sky and the emerald sheen on the river...

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
11 months ago

The artist sees what he or she sees from the mind eye

Robin Jackson
Community Member
11 months ago

Children! Children! Please! We are each different in our own way with our own opinions of what is right, good, best, or beautiful. But, as we all know, beauty, and art, is in the eye of the beholder. Rather than argue further on that point, I suggest we spend more time, some more than others, either learning or brushing up on our manners and supportive skills. Oh, yeah, throw in a round or two of tact training while you're at it. You may think it's okay to degrade someone's passion and work so carelessly but just remember that Karma's a bitch. Yomay think it's ok to s

Josh Tall
Community Member
11 months ago

Represent!

J
Community Member
11 months ago

It looks a bit like Nicky Minaj

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
11 months ago

idk why ppl hatin on this its better than most wich look like computer art wich doesnt require near as much skills

A Random Panda
Community Member
11 months ago

Why are you being so racist? It's a painting, not something made to insult you. Grow up, she can do what she wants.

Thenatural
Community Member
11 months ago

Racist??? Who's being racist?

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Thenatural
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11 months ago

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Seriously??? All the other pieces featured are really good...really accomplished works but this??? F**k me! It's beyond bad....if my nine year old came home with this it wouldn't get on my fridge never mind instagram. And all you sycophants praising this abomination...BUY the f**king and hang it above your fireplace..go on...no? Thought not!

Scyth
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11 months ago

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Would have been better if the painting is only the background, without this thing covering it.

Francisco Scaramanga
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11 months ago

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At least the artist is quite pretty.

Thenatural
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11 months ago

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I'm sorry but that is terrible!

rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
11 months ago

tbf, no one said amateur artists can't take part

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kristarttt Report

BTS WORLD
Community Member
11 months ago

Love anime

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bonggeru Report

Jeff
Community Member
11 months ago

Studio ghibli???

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m_akinsarica Report

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
11 months ago

The light shining through is really pretty.

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badglnikki Report

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
11 months ago

Both are phenomenally beautiful!

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pixelsbyejay Report

your_lesbian_friend
Community Member
11 months ago

Love the spirited away one :):):)

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ArtOfMaquenda Report

Jim Ellington
Community Member
11 months ago

Is that the Norse wolf parable?

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stellaidoscope Report

True Blue
Community Member
11 months ago

Your art is amazing

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_krisschan Report

Jim Ellington
Community Member
11 months ago

Another shining example of an artist brave enough to carve out their own niche by producing works with their own distinctive style.

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NAH_YON Report

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
11 months ago

Omg , they're all awesome ... but I love the random cute cartoon on the bottom right !

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Aara_Lee Report

Jim Ellington
Community Member
11 months ago

I see nine photos of cosplay.

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JamieKoala Report

Mimi777
Community Member
11 months ago

I love painting skulls as well. I like the shadows and the depth of them

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lydiacreates Report

Jim Ellington
Community Member
11 months ago

Proper artistic credit should go to the programmer of the filter algorithm used on the photo on the right.

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jesscrochets Report

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh my freakin god , is this not the cutest post on here ?

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santanabellas Report

Dio
Community Member
11 months ago

Since people are confused, I think he designed the puzzle. I wish the puzzle design was more interesting, but someone out there might like it. Each to their own. :)

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jawsum_art Report

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh, beautiful!

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roseheadspace Report

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
11 months ago

It gives me vintage 50's vibes , love it !

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lynnguyenx Report

Katherine Gower
Community Member
11 months ago

Happy Birthday!!! (Sorry it's bit late)

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Mashitrique Report

Patricia Brown
Community Member
11 months ago

impressively life-like!

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IamTheTrev Report

Kostas
Community Member
11 months ago

art of printscreen?

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evas226 Report

Dio
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

While it's nicely painted, it's pretty much a copy of existing art by someone else? And because it's flipped from the usual way I'd say it's probably traced too... I'm not sure I see the artistic merit here anywhere near as much as the other entries... Sorry.

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luly_mint Report

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
11 months ago

Wow! ❤️

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daohiwa_ Report

Megan Shannon
Community Member
11 months ago

This is super cool! 💗

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