Blog of the week: Maria Aristidou’s Coffee Paintings

A Cypriot artist draws heroes of pop culture with the help of coffee — as her water colors.

People have only recently recognized Maria Aristidou from Cyprus as a coffee-artist — on March 25th, after actor Hugh Laurie posted the artist’s portrait of him on his Facebook, calling it “magnificent.” The painting spread quickly and Maria’s first thousand followers soon appeared; at the moment she has about 9,500 followers on her Instagram.

On her own Facebook, Aristidou said that her idea to paint with coffee came by accident: “I was working on one project and spilled coffee all over it. I should have been upset, but instead I became interested in how to include coffee in art.” Maria uses several types of coffee in her work — from unpretentious americano and espresso to specialty Cypriot varieties.

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