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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postboredom
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6 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
6 months ago

Each painting looks like a song

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Oaklynn
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6 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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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
6 months ago

Favorite so far.

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Tahani
Community Member
6 months ago

Why is the nose so red? Otherwise, very nice work!

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postboredom
Community Member
6 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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Mimi777
Community Member
6 months ago

Beautiful!

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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ruthenium the ruther
Community Member
6 months ago

Oooh! This is cool!

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ccjellis Report

postboredom
Community Member
6 months ago

TBH i love your hair. Your paintings cool too

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MarcellaW19 Report

Josh Tall
Community Member
6 months ago

Represent!!!

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Jeff
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

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

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Tara K
Community Member
6 months ago

I love this, cute and simple looking.

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Tahani
Community Member
6 months ago

Awwww, so beautiful!

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SisterHalianne Report

Mimi777
Community Member
6 months ago

I really really like this. It’s unique. Never seen anything like it before.

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fakheaar Report

KAYTEE THURMOND
Community Member
6 months ago

She looks like her art to the T .

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Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
6 months ago

You would win.

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EZombieArt Report

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
6 months ago

Like the style a lot.

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dums_mimi Report

Tahani
Community Member
6 months ago

Stunning!

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Angie Buyong
Community Member
6 months ago

cute!

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Tahani
Community Member
6 months ago

Love them! So pretty!

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Personfaces Report

rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
6 months ago

berserk fanart? ;O

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UniversaJess Report

Reirei
Community Member
6 months ago

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

Thenatural
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6 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
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

The art is great! Haters gonna hate I guess

Thenatural
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6 months ago

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

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Patricia Brown
Community Member
6 months ago

A modern Mona Lisa- great work!

cassiushumanmother
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

We wuz kangz! Kangz, I tellya!

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
6 months ago

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

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
6 months ago

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

Robin Jackson
Community Member
6 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
6 months ago

Represent!

J
Community Member
6 months ago

It looks a bit like Nicky Minaj

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

Racist??? Who's being racist?

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Thenatural
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

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At least the artist is quite pretty.

Thenatural
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6 months ago

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I'm sorry but that is terrible!

rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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BTS WORLD
Community Member
6 months ago

Love anime

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Jeff
Community Member
6 months ago

Studio ghibli???

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
6 months ago

The light shining through is really pretty.

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

Both are phenomenally beautiful!

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Megan Shannon
Community Member
6 months ago

This is really cool!

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ArtOfMaquenda Report

Megan Shannon
Community Member
6 months ago

That’s incredible ❤️

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stellaidoscope Report

Jo PP87
Community Member
6 months ago

You are very beautiful, there is no need to feel insecure 😊❤️

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_krisschan Report

KAYTEE THURMOND
Community Member
6 months ago

Omg she ships the same ships I do I found my new bestie!

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NAH_YON Report

Megan Shannon
Community Member
6 months ago

Incredible, the forest one is my favourite!

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Aara_Lee Report

Jodi BottleOf
Community Member
6 months ago

Adorable!

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JamieKoala Report

Mimi777
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
6 months ago

Very Burton-esque.

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jesscrochets Report

Summer Woodsong
Community Member
6 months ago

3D handcrafting, this is art in the hand - very nice!

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Dee Mcgee
Community Member
6 months ago

Hmm

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

Oh, beautiful!

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Megan Shannon
Community Member
6 months ago

That is so pretty! Amazing work 🧡

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Jo PP87
Community Member
6 months ago

You're very talented, good luck!

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Patricia Brown
Community Member
6 months ago

impressively life-like!

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Kostas
Community Member
6 months ago

art of printscreen?

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Aleem Chaudhry
Community Member
6 months ago

Uzumaki, it's my favorite horror manga.

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Megan Shannon
Community Member
6 months ago

Beautiful 💓

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Aunt Messy
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6 months ago

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I copied other people's work too....when I was 12.

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