Digital Artist Re-Contextualizes Famous Paintings To Criticize Modern Society (30 Pics) Interview With Artist

The most iconic paintings throughout history are still carrying important messages through the art of today’s artists. An Italian digital artist, known on social media as CRUDEOIL 2.0, gave old paintings a new life as social satire. The 24-year-old artist reimagined famous classical paintings in the modern world, with a highlight on technology and social media, to poke fun at what’s wrong with our world. CRUDEOIL 2.0 has a degree in Fashion Design, but in parallel to the world of fashion, he is “following an artistic path by using software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects for the animation of images.”

“My imagery was born as a critique of society, saturated with social, aesthetic canons, and appearances. This concept is reflected in my works that deal with social media as a new religion and a new creed. To express my intent, I take artworks from the past and re-contextualize them to the present day. In fact, in my works, the main character is a smartphone, my identifying mark,” the artist told Bored Panda.

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“Narcissus 2.0”

"Narcissus 2.0"

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Nasren Jak1 day ago

love this. very accurate for many so called “influencers”6ReplyView more comments

We asked the artist about his inspirations.

“My first inspiration is society and everything around us every day: smartphones, technology in general, social media, aesthetic canons, and trends. At the beginning of my artistic journey, I found inspiration from Christopher Boffoli and his ‘big appetites studio.’ Now, I really appreciate the works of Banksy and TvBoy.”#2 

“The World Of Social Media”

"The World Of Social Media"

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bon bon (still purple boi)1 day ago

true lol4Reply#3 

“Can You Follow Me On Instagram?” A Different Way To Be Romantic Nowadays. Sad Story. The End

"Can You Follow Me On Instagram?" A Different Way To Be Romantic Nowadays. Sad Story. The End

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“I would like people who look at my artworks to think about how our lives have changed with social networks. It is a real critique, a complaint, and a sort of reflexive irony against society, using social media to express my thoughts,” CRUDEOIL 2.0 explained.

In his work, the artist talks about beauty standards, the chase for likes and follows, objectification, dependence on social media, the narcissism that comes with popularity, and other topics.

“My intent is to continue to spread these messages that they are always evolving. Every day I have a new idea of how I can make my works the best they can be.”#4 

“The World Of Social Media”

"The World Of Social Media"

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Tsunade23 hours ago

So no likes on the post then?3ReplyView more commentshttps://6ec7e83facba663e862483e38ee74e0c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#5 

“Silence”

"Silence"

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Tsunade23 hours ago

Used very often during incognito mode2ReplyView more comments

The decision to use classic paintings by some of the best artists through history is not accidental. CRUDEOIL 2.0 hopes to educate younger audiences about art history while expressing his opinions on the world at the same time: “The choice of using classic paintings is an attempt to spread art also among the younger generation.”#6 

Reminder: “Don’t Hide Behind Your Armour” Express Yourself

Reminder: "Don’t Hide Behind Your Armour" Express Yourself

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angie but who cares1 day ago

why is this bad?5ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#7 

“Can You Hear Me?”

"Can You Hear Me?"

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The artist told us about the process of creating his satirical images: “I don’t have a fixed procedure. Sometimes I start with the classic painting and sometimes I start from an idea. Often the paintings inspire me and afterwards, I imagine how they can be nowadays.”#8 

Reminder: “Don’t Stir Up Hatred And Don’t Be Indifferent In Front Of It.” Do Something

Reminder: "Don’t Stir Up Hatred And Don’t Be Indifferent In Front Of It." Do Something

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“Low Battery”

"Low Battery"

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Sori9 hours ago

Okay so how is this politically charged murder about a dead cell phone?1ReplyView more comments

Started just a few months ago, CRUDEOIL 2.0 has gained almost 8 thousand followers on Instagram. The artist says he is prepared for any reaction that his controversial art might evoke.

“I am conscious that my works deal with strong themes against society and I’m ready for any reactions they may provoke in people. However, I have a lot of positive feedback because people, through my works, think about the message I would like to express.”#10 

“The World Of Social Media”

"The World Of Social Media"

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bon bon (still purple boi)1 day ago

i hate this one6ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

“The New Intercessor” Slaves

"The New Intercessor" Slaves

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Paul Budhram1 day ago

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When asked what he would change about the society we live in, the artist said: “I think modern society is too focused on appearances, on people’s opinion, and on getting consent. Social media has an important role in our lives, so much so that some people try to imitate the lifestyle of the most influencing users, from their aesthetic to the way they dress.”#12 

“Touch To Believe”

"Touch To Believe"

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Tsunade23 hours ago

I feel like this is one of those Instagram support chains.1Reply#13 

“Come With Me”

"Come With Me"

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Tsunade23 hours ago

Yep I’d be there in a jiffy!0Reply

Finally, CRUDEOIL 2.0 had some encouraging words for any upcoming artists: “I would like to advise all upcoming artists to have the courage to express their art, whatever it may be. Art is a freedom of expression.”

CRUDEOIL 2.0 admitted that when the world goes back to normal, or at least when it’s possible, he would like to take part in a temporary exhibition or have his artwork exhibited in an art gallery.#14 

“Narcissus”

"Narcissus"

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Amanita muscaria1 day ago

In Narcissus’s head: Me… Beautiful…Me….Me….Me…Why am I naked?….Me…..Me….I’m so beautiful…Me….Me….Me….5ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

“Social Dilemma”

"Social Dilemma"

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Stephanie Keith23 hours ago

Profound.0Reply#16 

“Plastic Surgery”

"Plastic Surgery"

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“Plastic Surgery”

"Plastic Surgery"

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ℜ𝔬𝔟𝔢𝔯𝔱 ℭ𝔞𝔱𝔱𝔢1 day ago

REPEAT.0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

“It’s A Match!” – Tinder Edition

"It’s A Match!" - Tinder Edition

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bon bon (still purple boi)1 day ago

no why this2ReplyView more comments#19 

“The Flagellation Nowadays”

"The Flagellation Nowadays"

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bon bon (still purple boi)1 day ago

oh no2Reply#20 

“Live”

"Live"

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Tsunade23 hours ago

How do people find lives interesting?! I get bored so easily -1Reply#21 

“Enter Password”

"Enter Password"

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Tsunade23 hours ago

I wonder why one is holding the charger.1Reply#22 

Ig Story “Reactions”

Ig Story "Reactions"

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“New Generation”

"New Generation"

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bon bon (still purple boi)1 day ago

IMA BARBIEh~ (barbie) GURLLLL INA(in a) BARBEh~ WORRRRRRRRRRRLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDd…!!!!!!4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

Reminder: “No Fear, Be Yourself”

Reminder: "No Fear, Be Yourself"

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PeachthePan8 hours ago

heck yea!0Reply#25 

Reminder: “This Society Makes Us All The Same. Please Save Yourself”

Reminder: "This Society Makes Us All The Same. Please Save Yourself"

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angie but who cares1 day ago

im good thanks2ReplyView more comments#26 

“Social Martyrdom”- Haters And Spectators

"Social Martyrdom"- Haters And Spectators

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bon bon (still purple boi)1 day ago

YESHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#28 

“Overdose”

"Overdose"

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LJ Robinson1 day ago

Wow. Just wow.2ReplyView more comments#29 

Ask Me A Question

Ask Me A Question

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“Social Dilemma”

"Social Dilemma"

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Tsunade23 hours ago

POV: your trying to free yourself from the addiction of Instagram0Reply

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