Russian artist Olga Vishnevsky goes by the nickname Pepelangelo and it's the best description of her work as well. For the past 2 years or so, Pepelangelo has been painting Pepe the Frog, showing the popular meme in ways we've never seen before.

"In the past, one old lady who's a professional art critic gave me private lessons," Olga told Bored Panda. "I also had a very, very small wine bar with my friend but we had a conflict and I had to sell him my part. After that, there was this whole situation with Russia and Crimea, and this caused the fall of the ruble, so everything that considered food and wine was a bad idea. I didn't know what to do. Those lessons were the only reason to go out of my home."

This green anthropomorphic frog first appeared in a comic by Matt Furie called Boy's Club. Eventually, platforms like Myspace, Gaia Online, and 4chan transcended the character, making it a meme. By 2016, it had been appropriated as one of the symbols of the controversial alt-right movement. "I spent a lot of time on the Russian 4chan and Pepe the Sad Frog was one of my favorite memes. I started collecting rare Pepes and I had no idea about Matt Furie, Donald Trump, alt-right and so on. I just loved to save pictures with Pepe the Frog who was sad in different situations." The Anti-Defamation League, an anti-hate organization founded in 1913, even added certain incarnations of Pepe the Frog to their database of hate symbols in 2016. They did, however, make it clear that they don't see all Pepe memes as abusive.

Pepelangelo wants to change that. To her, the character "is not a symbol of hate, but a symbol of peace, love and solidarity." From ancient Egypt and Byzantium to the Renaissance and avant-garde, from mosaics and sculptures to jewelry and video art, she's portraying the little green fellow in the positive light its creator originally saw it under. Olga sells her masterpieces on etsy where they cost $15-$3,500.

More info: etsy | Instagram | Patreon

Image credits: pepelangelo

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Pepe The Girl With The Earring By Jan Vermeer

Pepe The Girl With The Earring By Jan Vermeer

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Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago

Majestic

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Rrreeee

Rrreeee

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Ms.Maria
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2 years ago

I can't stop laughing at "Rrreeee"

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Mona Lisa Pepe

Mona Lisa Pepe

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HANS
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2 years ago

She looks rather hoppy!

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#4

Pepe Devouring His Son

Pepe Devouring His Son

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years ago

Even scarier than the original

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Pepe Pollock

Pepe Pollock

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FatBaby
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2 years ago

Me before makeup

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Pepe Is Love

Pepe Is Love

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Donald Trump
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2 years ago

Shrek is love. Shrek is life.

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Pepe Neo

Pepe Neo

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The Storm On The Sea Of Galile

The Storm On The Sea Of Galile

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
2 years ago

unamused pepe is unamused

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Cristoforo Colombo

Cristoforo Colombo

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FatBaby
Community Member
2 years ago

Very sophisticated Pepe

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Pepe Frida

Pepe Frida

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Pepe The Frog Starry Night

Pepe The Frog Starry Night

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Full Name
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2 years ago

He looks so pouty. I want to give him a hug.

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Pepe Van Beethoven

Pepe Van Beethoven

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Pepe Henry VIII

Pepe Henry VIII

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Pepe The Philippe II Of Spain By Mor Van Dashorst

Pepe The Philippe II Of Spain By Mor Van Dashorst

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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

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Pepe In Turkish Costume

Pepe In Turkish Costume

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Egon Schiele Style

Egon Schiele Style

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Pepe The Drinking Monk

Pepe The Drinking Monk

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HANS
Community Member
2 years ago

After dinner drink at the IHOP.

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Pepe The Frog Bathing Of The Red Horse

Pepe The Frog Bathing Of The Red Horse

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Alexander Ustimenko
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2 years ago

It's not Putin )) Or?

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Pepe Painting

Pepe Painting

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Neigh!

Neigh!

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HANS
Community Member
2 years ago

Hop to it!

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True Pepective

True Pepective

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The Dreamers

The Dreamers

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Pepe Says "Hi" From His New Austrian Home

Pepe Says "Hi" From His New Austrian Home

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Hi There

Hi There

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Pepe The Frog

Pepe The Frog

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Pepe The Cardinal By El Greco

Pepe The Cardinal By El Greco

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Pepe The Harlequin By Picasso

Pepe The Harlequin By Picasso

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Pepe The Knight By Vittore Carpaccio

Pepe The Knight By Vittore Carpaccio

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Pepe With Grapes

Pepe With Grapes

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Pepe The Pharaoh

Pepe The Pharaoh

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Pepe The Frog Vlad Dracula

Pepe The Frog Vlad Dracula

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Welcome New Pepe!

Welcome New Pepe!

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Pepe In A Red Turban

Pepe In A Red Turban

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I Love My Pepecash!

I Love My Pepecash!

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Pepe The Emperor - Taro Card

Pepe The Emperor - Taro Card

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Pepe And T-Rex!

Pepe And T-Rex!

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Pepe Crossing The Delaware

Pepe Crossing The Delaware

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HANS
Community Member
2 years ago

They could have been toad.

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Pepe Painting

Pepe Painting

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Pepe Painting

Pepe Painting

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A Secret Pepe

A Secret Pepe

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Pepe With Kambo Frog

Pepe With Kambo Frog

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Pepe Painting

Pepe Painting

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Pepe Kraken

Pepe Kraken

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The Garden Of Memes

The Garden Of Memes

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Countervail
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, I don't buy it. Russian troll artist trying to normalize Pepe crap. Nope, nope, nope.

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Pepe Painting

Pepe Painting

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