This Artist Makes Playing with Your Food an Art

Photo by: Victor Nunes Facebook Account ©Victor Nunes Facebook Account

Victor Nunes Facebook Account, Victor Nunes Facebook Account

When you look at a leaf of lettuce, perhaps slightly wilted, what do you see? Uh, a leaf of lettuce, right? Maybe the makings of a salad or something to add a bit of crunch to your sandwich?

Artist Victor Nunes sees a warrior's robe, a woman's elegant frock or the twirling skirt of a dancer. He sees a variety of arresting hairdos, the leaves and branches of a tree reaching gracefully up to the sky.

For his "Faces" series, which he shares on Facebook, Nunes combines everyday objects — and often foods — with his whimsical line drawings to create wonderfully amusing images that encourage viewers to take a closer look at household items they may not generally glance at a second time.

In Nunes' hands, a pile of discarded pistachio shells may become a sheep (or a dog? A sheepdog?) with a sly look; two cashews can look like the beak of a bird. A spiraled orange peel can transform into a snake, a snail or a strange turban. A tortilla chip can evoke a luxurious mane of red hair or a set of wings with which to soar. A banana peel can convey a shepherd or a shoe. Sauces and foams, cookies and breads, even napkins and tablecloths can become unexpectedly expressive. Dirty plates appear to be delighted or bemused — or they strongly disapprove.

Nunes, whose trove of imaginative illustrations has collected more than 30,000 likes on Facebook since January 2014, is a man of many drawings, but apparently few words of explanation.

"Nesta página você vai encontrar muitas carinhas e outras coisitas mais. E com bom humor!" he writes in Portuguese on Facebook, offering this translation: "In this page you will find several faces and other stuff, all with a touch of humor."

Perhaps more than a touch. Enjoy!
Photo courtesy of Victor Nunes' Facebook page.
Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make Perfect Pancakes

Food Network Magazine shows you how to make the best short stack, plus some tasty toppings.

Make a Marinade

Boost the flavor of meat and seafood with these easy marinades.

50 Things to Make with Bacon

Make bacon the star ingredient in pastas, salads, snacks and more from Food Network Magazine.

50 Things to Make With Pesto

Turn pesto into soup, salad and more.

50 Things to Make with Pasta Sauce

Food Network Magazine proves that marinara in your pantry is good for much more than spaghetti.