Art which looks good enough to eat – an artist is feeding the hungry with an ambitious project which challenges him to paint food every day.
Painter Aleksey Vaynshteyn, 38, creates delicious pictures of cupcakes, lettuce, strawberries and potatoes which he is selling through his blog for around £50 to £100 each.
All the money raised by the sale of the paintings is being donated to food banks and charities which help the homeless.
Mr Vaynshteyn said: “When our family emigrated from the Ukraine, we had to give up all our belongings and there was a period when our money was in transit – that’s when I experienced what it was like to be truly hungry.
“Most people I know have never experienced real hunger, but I remember clearly what it was like. The smell of food as I walked down the streets made my mouth water, and my stomach turn in knots.
“It breaks my heart to know there are people on the streets now feeling the same was as I did then.”
Mr Vaynshteyn decided to launch a painting project entitled “Will Paint For Food”, to raise much-needed funds for the needy.
He said: : “I’ve always wanted to apply my talent to doing something good in the world.
“Then one day it clicked – I will do what I love to make a difference.”
Mr Vaynshteyn, of New Jersey in the USA, hopes to continue his daily paintings right through to the end of 2015.
Mr Vaynshteyn’s paintings can be seen at www.alexbox.com.
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