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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1 month 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
1 month ago

Each painting looks like a song

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Oaklynn
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1 month 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
1 month ago

Favorite so far.

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Mark Howell
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1 month ago

WOW !!

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month ago

Beautiful!

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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ruthenium the ruther
Community Member
1 month ago

Oooh! This is cool!

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

TBH i love your hair. Your paintings cool too

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Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Jeff
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

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

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Tara K
Community Member
1 month ago

I love this, cute and simple looking.

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Reirei
Community Member
1 month ago

Aah a name I recognize :)

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Mikhael Barreto
Community Member
1 month ago

Gotta love abstract horror

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KAYTEE THURMOND
Community Member
1 month ago

She looks like her art to the T .

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Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 month ago

Those... are awesomely creepy.

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EZombieArt Report

Josh Tall
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Angie Buyong
Community Member
1 month ago

cute!

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Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 month ago

I like the galaxy one.

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Personfaces Report

Tara K
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

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BTS WORLD
Community Member
1 month ago

Love anime

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Jeff
Community Member
1 month ago

Studio ghibli???

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

The light shining through is really pretty.

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Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 month ago

Both are phenomenally beautiful!

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your_lesbian_friend
Community Member
1 month ago

Love the spirited away one :):):)

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ArtOfMaquenda Report

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that the Norse wolf parable?

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True Blue
Community Member
1 month ago

Your art is amazing

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Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month 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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Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month ago

I see nine photos of cosplay.

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JamieKoala Report

Mimi777
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Dio
Community Member
1 month 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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Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, beautiful!

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Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Katherine Gower
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Patricia Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

impressively life-like!

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Kostas
Community Member
1 month ago

art of printscreen?

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Dio
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month ago

Wow! ❤️

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Megan Shannon
Community Member
1 month ago

This is super cool! 💗

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