True to Life Portraits Made Out of Fruits and Vegetables

Spanish graphic designer and illustrator Martin Sati has created a wonderful portrait using vegetables and other food items.

While this is not the first time I see food art (nor the first time I write about it), there’s something about Martin Sati’s creation that fascinates me. El Banquete, as this food illustration is called, was put together by Martin and his friends, who one day went out on a shopping spree for fruits and vegetables. The first image includes some simple lines that hide the text: “This is my Micro Story.”

On the first step, called Estomagos vacios (Empty Stomach), Martin and his fellow designers set up the cups that would later outline the portrait. Each of the stages of the project has a Spanish name that has also been translated into English, for the convenience of international readers.

The group of illustrators proceeded to putting slices of kiwi and carrots, as well as lemon and orange wedges in the cups. Little by little, a group of cups started to resemble the face, while others looked very much like the hair of a real person.

In the following steps, all sorts of herbs, fruits and vegetables were added to the picture, to make everything look more realistic. However, it is unknown whether once finished the portrait was eaten. Food decays in a few days if not refrigerated, and slices of fruits and vegetables oxidate even faster. It’s rather safe to assume that the images are all that’s left from this creative project.

I’m really glad to see that Alina Muresan, a Romanian illustrator, has also been involved in this artistic project. Seeing Romanian people who do such impressive things gives me hope in what regards the future of a few people from my country.

Below is an image of the finished food illustration. The problem I have is that I can’t tell who the person in the portrait is. It looks like Michael Jackson at times, while other times I think it’s Elizabeth Taylor. Either way, it is a beautiful piece of food art that should get publicity on more than just the design websites.

To see the entire artistic process, head over to Martin Sati‘s website. Even though the illustration development lacks description, the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is more than true in this case.

If you liked this post, please check the Romanian eco art made from food and this geeky food art.