Maria Aristidou’s Pop Culture Coffee Art Even Has An Aroma

Coffee art is a new, non-traditional form of expression by a variety of artists. Take the commercial artist, illustrator, and cake designer Maria A. Aristidou, for example.

Maria uses the medium of coffee to create a variety of portraits, including images of John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, and Albert Einstein to name a few.

Marilyn Monroe Coffee Art
Painting of Marilyn Monroe created with coffee by Maria Aristidou. (Photo courtesy of Maria Aristidou)

In an NPR interview, Maria Aristidou said it all started when she spilled her latte.

“I was working on another commission using watercolors, when all the sudden, I spilled all over the drawing. The accidental spill, the shade of coffee, and how it got absorbed in the paper fascinated me.”

Since her accidental spill, and her fascination with her new discovery, Maria has continued painting entire images out of coffee. She feels that she has more control painting with coffee than with a brown watercolor paint.

Hans Solo And Yoda Coffee Art
(Left) Yoda; (Right) Hans Solo, by Maria Aristidou. (Photo courtesy of Maria Aristidou)

Maria’s subjects are mostly related to pop culture, like illustrations of Yoda, Darth Vader, Disney characters, The Beatles, and other iconic figures, according to Open Culture‘s story on the coffee art by Maria Aristidou.

For example, Maria hand painted her coffee art of Mona Lisa with Greek coffee and Espresso on 40 by 30 cm handmade paper, as shown in the following video in time-lapse motion.