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Ida Skivenes: The Artist Who Recreates Famous Paintings on Toast

Norwegian artist Ida Skivenes takes playing with food to a whole new level. The 29-year-old artist has never attended art or culinary school, but was inspired by her love of food, art, and photography to start recreating famous paintings on her breakfast toast. "It was a great chance to exercise my creative side while also engaging people in eating healthy fun food," she says. She posts pictures of her Art Toast Project, as well as snapshots of other art she makes from food, on Instagram, where she has more than 94,000 followers. Then she eats her creations. "This isn't an art project as such," she explained to Yahoo! Shine. "I make actual breakfasts and am very carefully when it comes to reducing unnecessary waste." Here's a look at some of her most popular pieces of edible art. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine

Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dali
Skivenes made her first food art creation in June 2012, and launched the Art Toast Series in November. "The majority of what I post onmy Instagram account is other, more usable food art. The Art Toasts are more for fun and to spread the joys of modern art," she told Yahoo! Shine. While she says she doesn't really have a favorite artist, "I really appreciate the surrealists, especially DalĂ­." 


More Paintings after the Break...


Frieda Kahlo

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Frieda Kahlo
While her artistic breakfasts usually take just 10 minutes or so to create, the reproductions of famous paintings are more complicated and take about 30 minutes to create, estimates Skivenes. .


Henri Matisse

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Henri Matisse
Her Matisse seems almost too good to eat. "The Art Toast Series is just a small part of the food art I do," Skivenes explains. "I mostly do easier breakfasts that are meant to inspire people to create healthy and fun meals themselves. These are often in the shape of animals, cartoon characters or landscapes." 



Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch
"My favorite is the recent Edvard Munch toast, of his 'Girls On the Jetty,'" says Skivenes. This rendition of "The Scream"— with colorful bell peppers—is a favorite among her fans, garnering more than 11,700 hearts on Instagram. "I'm doing a mini series on his works since it's 150 years since his birth in 2013," she says. 




Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh's sunflowers are just 1 of the 15 or so pieces in her Art Toast Collection. But fans, take note: There is more to come. "It's an ongoing series and I'm still full of ideas!" she says. 




Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso
"Art with a lot of small details or complex facial expressions is hard to recreate so I usually try to stay away from those," says Skivenes. "I couldn't imagine trying to do 'The Last Supper' by Leonard da Vinci for instance. Although I should never say never." 



Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth
Skivenes never attended art or cooking school. "I'm educated as a human geographer and currently work with quality checking and analysis of foreign trade statistics," she says. 


Jackson Pollock

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Jackson Pollock
Skivenes did not plan on creating edible works of art, like this Pollock reproduction. "It just evolved along with my Instagramengagement. The Art Toast specifically began with the literal interpretation of 'food art,' by recreating famous artworks on the canvas I've been working on lately, toast."

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