Russian Art Lover Recreates a Classic Painting Every Day

Inspired by the popular #gettychallenge a Russian woman has been using various household items and her own makeup skills to recreate over 100 classic paintings to great effect.

Back in late March, Saint Petersburg-based art lover Liza Yukhnyova accepted the Getty Museum’s #gettychallenge as a fun way to pass the time during quarantine, only she got so into it that she continued to recreate famous paintings long after the lockdown ended. While most people were content recreating just one famous artwork, Yukhnyova set a goal for herself to replicate a painting a day for 30 days, but she is currently on day 142 and has no plans to stop anytime soon.

“I started to imitate pieces of art for the #gettychallenge,” Liza Yukhnyova told “In the beginning, I decided to do it daily for 30 days, but at the end of this period I couldn’t stop. I’m still doing it and now I am on day 130. I have recreated Middle Eastern paintings, ancient frescoes, Indian artworks, Red Cross posters, and others.”

“I do everything on my own: makeup, costumes, lighting with a table lamp, and shooting just with my phone’s camera, using very simple things I have lying around the house,” the Russian woman added.

Liza takes between one hour and three hours to recreate an artwork, depending mostly on the complexity of the makeup and hairstyle as well as the necessary props. The most time-consuming projects so far were Leonardo da Vinci’s Beautiful Ferronera and Titian’s Girl in front of the Mirror.

“I take all the photos on my phone, I don’t process them in Photoshop, but I do sometimes use color correction,”  Yukhnyova  said. “The main thing for me is compliance with the original source. I try to make everything as close to the original as possible.”

Liza Yukhnyova art has been getting a lot of attention, not only in Russia, but also abroad. Her work was featured on Japanese television, and she also appeared in two documentaries about creativity during self-isolation. While some people consider her ongoing series a joke, most of them appreciate the works that goes into these recreations and offer the artist their love and support.

To keep an eye on Liza and her journey recreating some of the most popular paintings in human history, follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Posted in Art        Tags: , , , ,