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Fascinating Food Artists and Sculptors by Sagittarius ,  Dec 1, 2012

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo was perhaps the first artist to use food to create a mosaic image, though his work was in paint, not made of food itself. This image, ‘Summer’, is part of a seasonal series and features a human profile made up of fruits and vegetables.  His work had a surreal quality long before the advent of the Surrealist Art movement, and his ‘food portraits’ no doubt inspired some of the other artists on this list.

Jason Mercier
is a mosaic artist who creates portraits made of unexpected materials – namely, food. Potato chips, beans, hamburger buns, candy, cookies, noodles, and pretzels come together to portray the images of celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell, Rachel Ray, Jerry Seinfeld and Kristy Yamaguchi. The subjects of his portraits have left comments on his website like this gem from Boy George: ““How fabulous! I’m a linguine head.”


In St. Petersburg, Russia, a bakery called Zhanna is giving cake artists all over the world a run for their money. Zhanna has created some of the most insanely amazing cakes in the history of human civilization, from treasure chests full of edible jewelry and flats of Pepsi cans to life-size sewing machines and hamburgers that look so realistic, you’d almost be surprised to bite into it and realize it’s cake.

Christel Assante

French sculptor Christel Assante uses the naturally delicate qualities of eggshells to create sculptures that are extraordinarily fragile, creating designs that almost resemble lacework in their intricacy. Assante creates custom designs for buyers, working in mostly quail and goose eggs. Each egg takes her about 3 to 4 days to sculpt. The eggs are lit from a small bulb placed inside through a hole in the bottom.

Jim Victor

Sculptor Jim Victor spends hours in extremely cold freezers sculpting mounds and mounds of butter into life-size figures of horses, children, and of course, cows. Butter isn’t the only food material he works with – he has created sculptures in chocolate and cheese as well as mounds of fruits and vegetables. He also works in traditional media like bronze and wood.

Carl Warner

Deep purple cabbage leaves stand in for a moonlit sea, while salmon slices resemble a lake glittering in the midday sun. Herb grass, broccoli trees, baguette mountains, potato rocks and red onion hot air balloons create surreal landscapes in the foodscapes of artist Carl Warner. Warner sketches out the scenes first and then uses pins and super glue to hold together his creations, which take a few days each to complete

Dieter Roth

Artist Dieter Roth experimented with organic materials – including food – while working as a visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1965. He smeared chocolate and banana on canvas, assembled piles of chocolate and butter into sculptures and sealed slices of sausage between glass with every intention of allowing them to decay and mold to see how the work would evolve.

James Parker

James Parker of Veggy Art creates some of the most incredible fruit and vegetable sculptures, and has been featured repeatedly on the Food Network, including a Fantasy Fruit Sculpture challenge (for which he won the gold metal in a rematch). Fruit and vegetable carving has been popular for food garnishing in Asia since ancient times and has evolved into works of art that outshine the food itself.

Mike McCarey

Pastry chef Mike McCarey translates client’s ideas into confectionery masterpieces, making edible sculptures that are about as amazing as they get. Dogs, dinosaurs, musical instruments, shoes, sports equipment and dozens of other items get the sugar-and-flour treatment in sculptural cakes that are almost too beautiful to eat.

Robin Antar

Award-winning sculptor Robin Antar doesn’t use food as a medium – she carves stone into incredibly lifelike replicas of food including a ketchup bottle, candy, cookies and soft drinks. The Brooklyn artist’s pop art sculptures have been featured on HGTV and she’s currently working on a giant replica of a Heinz ketchup bottle for the company’s corporate headquarters.