Svetlana Petrova “Improves” Art By Adding Cats

On May 28, 2014 by Lazer Horse

Svetlana Petrova Zarathustra - Cat Paintings Venus

Svetlana Petrova has a hobby. I’m not sure if it’s any stranger than most people’s hobbies, but it is pretty odd. She “improves” classic paintings with pictures of her fat ginger cat – Zarathustra. Why not? That’s the internet: 50% winging, 50% cats, 13% miscellaneous.

She spoke to the BBC before her first exhibition and this is how it all began:

“I lost my mother in 2008 and she left me Zarathustra. I got horrible depression after her death and for two years I was unable to do something creative. By chance a friend asked me ‘why don’t you make an art project with your cat because he’s so funny.'”

And history was remade:

Svetlana Petrova Zarathustra - Cat Paintings Mona Lisa

“I’ve had cats before and included them in my work, like playing in theatre shows and I’ve made costumes for them. But I thought, ‘What can I do with Zarathustra, because my mother spoilt him and he’s so fat.'”

Svetlana Petrova Zarathustra - Cat Paintings Ivan Argunov

“Zarathustra likes posing and is a really intelligent cat. He likes to lie on his back and make strange faces like he’s speaking with somebody, so I began to take photos of him and inserted them into paintings.”

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Svetlana Petrova Zarathustra - Cat Paintings Heroes

“I liked the result so I sent it to some friends, other artists and galleries. Everyone laughed so much, so I made a website, but then forgot about it because I had another project.”

Svetlana Petrova Zarathustra - Cat Paintings Grey and Black No 1

“After a few months, another friend saw my cat work in my albums and asked why I had it. I told him it was my cat and he said: ‘Your cat is all over the internet!'”

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Svetlana Petrova Zarathustra - Cat Paintings Catherine II

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…and here she is with the hero of the day:

Svetlana Petrova with Zarathustra

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