Food is not just for eating for Jolita Vaitkutė, the food artist

Bread, curd, rucola, butter, chocolate, spices, ketchup – for a young Lithuanian artist Jolita Vaitkutė these are not typical food products. 19-year-old designer uses these groceries to make portraits of famous people. Among well-known Lithuanian faces, Vaitkutė created a portrait of the US President Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, Jim Morrison and many others.

The rising Lithuanian artist (who also creates comics that end up on t-shirts, jumpers and ceramic plates) notes that it is difficult to plan these sort of paintings. “This is both limiting and liberating at the same time“, says Vaitkutė.

According to the Lithuanian food art connoisseur, her artwork is about people and for people. „The face of a person tells me a lot more than a landscape or a still-life“, admits Vaitkutė.

The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė

The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite as food art by Jolita Vaitkute

The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite as food art by Jolita Vaitkute

The portrait of President Dalia Grybauskaitė is created from a traditional and the most famous Lithuanian soup – šaltibarščiai. The main ingredient is beetroot which makes the dish purple. Šaltibarščiai is served cold with some hot potatoes on the side. According to Vaitkutė, šaltibarščiai is a miracle of Lithuanian kitchen.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison as food art by Jolita Vaitkute

Jim Morrison as food art by Jolita Vaitkute

The portrait of legendary lead singer of The Doors band Jim Morrison was Vaitkutė’s first attempt in creating food art. She was inspired by a piece of chocolate facing the sun through a window and melting quickly. Vaitkutė grabbed some strawberries and got to work.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama as food art by Jolita Vaitkute

Barack Obama as food art by Jolita Vitkute

The portrait of  the USA President Barack Obama was made of ketchup with some pickles and a hot dog on the side.

Other famous people and quirkiness

She has produced a whole set of other food art pieces some of them quite quirky and original.
Do you recognise who these famous people are….

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To see who else ended up on Jolita Vaitkutė’s plate, check out her page:

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