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Can you separate the art from the artist?

(4 min read) This is an age-old question and quite frankly, for me personally, a mind-boggling one. I’m, okay with some artworks and with some other ones — I’m just not. Does that make me a hypocrite? Probably, but at least I’m owning it.

Mosaic Portrait Artwork of Sophia Lauren
Sophia Lauren, one of the most gracious members of the club while it was still cool, mosaic art by Vanessa D’Andrea.

As an avid reader, I never read Lovecraft who was an overtly racist product of his time. I don’t care how good his “cosmic” gibberish is. Whoever saw a person walking down the street and thought it would be a good idea to enslave them, won’t get a read from me. Kevin Spacey was one of my favorite actors ever and I will never watch his movie ever again. I’ve watched and loved “Jeepers, Creepers” movies until I found out what Victor Salva was convicted of.

Mosaic Portrait Mural of Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga mosaic art from “50 Faces”. Mosaic Artist: Francesca Cafarelli.

On the other hand, I still have all of my Harry Potter books and collectibles. I’ll still read Charles Baudelaire from time to time and I fully intend on rereading Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin” this year. Also, I still listen to Joe Rogan podcast. (sue me)

Mosaic Portrait Design of Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg thought that The Academy handled everything well, apparently; thus the applause I suppose. Mosaic Artwork by Eva Galineau.

Most of you will immediately realize what brought this question all of a sudden. Two things happened during this past week that got me riled up. First, someone posted a mosaic artwork of the Russian President of Vladimir Putin on FB with a caption: “5.000 bullet casings collected on the Ukrainian front to illustrate the true face of war”, which turned out to be fake because the said mosaic was created in 2015. Second, Will Smith has assaulted Chris Rock on stage and the whole room cheered and applauded minutes after. Soooo, what’s wrong with you, world?

Mosaic Portrait Mural of Marilyn Monroe
Hollywood was never a kind place, not even to its shiniest stars, Marilyn Monroe mosaic portrait by Mosaics Lab.

Needless to say, these two cases will bring out that already mentioned hypocrite. First of all, “The Face of War” mosaic art was created by Ukrainian artist Daria Marchenko, and just like other her works from that series of artworks, it is a full-on masterpiece. She also made a variety of other masterpieces in that same series and used materials she deemed appropriate to make her political stance clear. For the mosaic portrait of then Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko she used candy wrappers of Roshen, his company via which he amassed a huge fortune before coming to power. For the mosaic portrait of Donald Trump, Marchenko collaborated with Daniel D. Greene and used coins and casino tokens.

Mosaic Portrait Art of Ukrainian president
Ex Ukrainian president mosaic portrait made of candy wrappers from his own company. Artist Daria Marchenko, AFP Photo/Sergei SUPINSKY.

Needless to say, I personally feel that the sheer boldness and the audacity of this collection is quite magnificent. It’s a beautiful thing when an artist is not pandering to the masses, but making a stance and making their voice heard.

Mosaic Portrait Artwork of Donald Trump
Marchenko and Greene posing with their mosaic artwork “The Face of Money”.


Mosaic Portrait Design of Putin
Marchenko with her mosaic artwork made of bullets depicting Putin.

So what with this Oscar business from a mosaic buff standpoint? Well, I dunno about you, but I won’t be buying any Hollywood-related artwork any time soon. As Jim Carrey wisely observed, they are not “the cool club anymore”. Once you start applauding an assault, it’s “toodles” on all fronts from me, and that goes for mosaic artwork too. As magnificent as those pieces from “50 Faces” mosaic artwork show maybe, I wouldn’t go for most of them any time soon. Hollywood needs to get a grip.

Mosaic Portrait Design of Edward Scissorhands
One more mosaic art from 50 mosaic faces show, Edward Scissorhands by Denise Toson.


Mosaic portrait Artwork by Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein by Mosaics Lab’s Dany Shas. 

So how about you? What’s your opinion on this whole artist-art-topic connection? Are you a latent hypocrite like me, or do you have a sturdier opinion? I would love to hear all about it in the comment section below.

PS. I also permanently deleted “I Believe I Can Fly” from my playlist. Toodles!


Mosaic Mural Portrait by Mosaics Lab
Can you separate the mosaic art from the artist?

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Can you separate the portrait mosaic art from the artist?

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Can you separate the mosaic portrait from the artist?


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M. Belosh

M. Belosh

Passionate art enthusiast; avid reader (you can find me on Goodreads under the same name); movie connoisseur; intolerable before my morning coffee.

40 Comments

  1. Samantha Donnelly
    April 8, 2022 at 11:58 am — Reply

    Wow these are amazing and you can really see who the person is. I love talent like this and we do not appreciate mosaics enough

  2. Heather
    April 8, 2022 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    I can’t get over how incredible these murals are! They look so realistic, especially the Marilyn Monroe portrait! Amazing!

  3. Heather
    April 8, 2022 at 5:19 pm — Reply

    This is a great question! Some of Hollywood’s best were or are creeps! This is a fabulous collection of mosaic portraits!

  4. Jeff
    April 8, 2022 at 10:26 pm — Reply

    I guess I view the art completely detached from the artist and their politics or views. Although, some art has the politics and artist opinions creep in and flavor the work.

  5. Ramil Hinolan
    April 9, 2022 at 2:51 am — Reply

    No, You cannot separate the artist from the art. They should both co-exist. I wonder how these artists put together their talent and patience in creating such a wonderful images. The Marilyn Monroe mosaic exactly copied that of the familiar face of the star.

  6. Sarah Stockley
    April 9, 2022 at 6:19 am — Reply

    The Edward Scissorhands ones is amazing, I also really love the one with the candy wrappers and the Putin one with the bullets is very clever.

  7. Jenjen Balatico
    April 9, 2022 at 6:38 am — Reply

    An art reflects an artist personality on my end. It shows in one or most details in the artwork

  8. Crystal Carder
    April 9, 2022 at 8:48 pm — Reply

    These are some really cool art pieces. I love how they look!

  9. Wayd
    April 9, 2022 at 11:16 pm — Reply

    All these mosaics are pieces of art. And they reflect the artist’s intentions and unique take on the world’s people and conditions.

  10. Michael
    April 10, 2022 at 9:22 am — Reply

    simple answer, no. there might be some explanations to negate it but I think it cannot happen ultimately

  11. Annette
    April 10, 2022 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    Those mosaics really are stunning. It’s such an interesting post, and I can definitely see your point of view. I’m not sure where I stand on this, but if I’ve been put off by the artist, I’m less likely to want to view or read their work.

  12. Han
    April 10, 2022 at 4:11 pm — Reply

    I love art in general, every kind of it. Love these pics. I think that the hand of an artist is visible, you are able to associate it to a painting for example. – Paolo

  13. Renata Feyen
    April 10, 2022 at 5:24 pm — Reply

    I saw the Will Smith incident and I think it was staged to get attention, but am not sure of course

  14. Lyosha
    April 10, 2022 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    it is a very interesting question to me. I think art connects with my heart, my emotions and my mind. And it is an impact artist de-facto makes on me personally. I think it is more likely to have art and the artist connected all the time. Fully or not – that is the real question me. Can I deny an aspect of life and personality of the artist while supporting other? I still have no answer

  15. Bianca Cloxton
    April 10, 2022 at 10:51 pm — Reply

    I have a hard time separating the art from the artist and have given up on most of Hollywood & watching most movies… That being said, these mosaics are stunning! (Regardless of the person portrayed, the artists have done incredible work) Does that make me a hypocrite also? Great read!

  16. Jupiter Hadley
    April 11, 2022 at 8:21 am — Reply

    What an interesting concept. I try very hard to know the artists behind the works I support, and if those artists aren’t the best people, I find myself not supporting them as much. There was a guy who did lots of oil paintings of food – which is really cool – but he’s hugely into NFTs which I disagree with, so I cannot find myself supporting him.

  17. Cristina Petrini
    April 11, 2022 at 11:51 am — Reply

    I admit that the mosaic, with such large pieces, to reproduce faces does not fall within an aesthetic canon that I like, but … as always you open up a world to me about this reality! ^_^

  18. rachel
    April 11, 2022 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    Her work is so brave and so important.

  19. Rivera
    April 11, 2022 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    I’m sold on this mosaic portrait murals. they’re so bold and colourful and i will like to have one at home!

  20. Paula Richie
    April 11, 2022 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    Well, it looks like I, too, am a latent hypocrite and I am cool with that. My opinion is quite similar to yours.

  21. Stephanie
    April 11, 2022 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    For me, separating the artist from their work is easy. They are two completely different things. I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I don’t agree with JK Rowling on a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy her work. Will Smith has been one of my favorite actors since I was a kid watching Fresh Prince with my dad. Again, I don’t agree with the things he does, but his movies still remain among my all-time favorites, especially Men In Black.

  22. Ramil Hinolan
    April 12, 2022 at 1:57 am — Reply

    I think what the artist is trying to communicate comes out of his experiences and his own personality. It is very hard to discounnect the artist from the arts.

  23. Indu
    April 12, 2022 at 4:27 am — Reply

    These mosaic portrait murals look so real. Each one is an amazing piece of art. Liked immensely.

  24. rosey
    April 12, 2022 at 6:34 am — Reply

    Wow, these are fantastic. So many talented artists and pieces of mosaic are found on your website!

  25. dorry lyn
    April 12, 2022 at 10:24 am — Reply

    my answer is NO.. just look at how amazing those pieces of artwork creatively done by the artist. They’re always be togerther like body and soul

  26. Tammy
    April 12, 2022 at 10:58 am — Reply

    Wow wow wow! I was able to identify each…the Sophie Lauren one looks like it was incredibly difficult to create due to the different shadings. Gorgeous pieces!

  27. Garf
    April 12, 2022 at 11:31 am — Reply

    Wow, what a beautiful piece of artwork. These mosaic are really a great work of art.

  28. aisasami
    April 12, 2022 at 11:53 am — Reply

    As someone who is an actress and musician, yes you can separate the art from the artist. They are two separate entities and characters they should be mixed together

  29. Risa Lopez
    April 12, 2022 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    For me, I guess no.

    All mosaics and artworks you showed us are amazingly beautiful!

  30. Rhian Westbury
    April 12, 2022 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    Wow those mosaics look so much like the people. Although my fav is deffo Edward Scissorhands as it’s one of my fav movies x

  31. Danielle Ridgway
    April 12, 2022 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    These are all amazing!

  32. K.L.
    April 13, 2022 at 7:02 am — Reply

    Wow!! Some stunning mosaics artwork of the artist, and I can’t differentiate the both as I love the art and the artist. the Marilyn Monroe portrait looks stunning

  33. Laura Side Street
    April 13, 2022 at 8:46 pm — Reply

    Wow these Mosaic portraits are just next level, so amazing, what talented artists

    Laura x

  34. Luna S
    April 13, 2022 at 9:34 pm — Reply

    Yes I can separate the two, sometimes you have to when you adore the art but don’t really like the artist.

  35. Melissa Cushing
    April 14, 2022 at 5:50 am — Reply

    Wow these are stunning! I cannot believe how realistic they all look and I especially love the one of Edward Scissorhands! Amazing!

  36. Tammy
    April 14, 2022 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    These pieces are just stunning. The amount of attention to detail is incredible and how accurate they are too! Truly works of art 😀

  37. Rhian Westbury
    April 14, 2022 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    Wow these are so cool, so many talented artists. I’m a huge Tim Burton fan so the Edward Scissorhands one is my favourite x

  38. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    April 15, 2022 at 7:10 am — Reply

    As a fan of Johnny, I really love that Edward Scissorhands artwork, and all the others look amazing as well.

  39. Jennifer Passmore
    April 20, 2022 at 8:06 pm — Reply

    Wow, these mosaics are truly beauties to behold! I can’t believe some of the incredible detail on these!

  40. Talya Stone
    April 21, 2022 at 9:20 am — Reply

    Wow incredible I have never seen any of these before – so stunning! Especially love the Lady Gaga one.

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