Gallery Girl meets Sayumi

Have you seen Sayumi’s face-painting on Instagram?! A whole new level from the kids parties you attended when you were little, you could argue that Sayumi’s creations are works of art. Turning her visage into a canvas, she covers her face with masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse and da Vinci. Totally inspired by her creations, Gallery Girl chatted to Sayumi about her inspirations.

Image courtesy Sayumi

When did you decide to start painting on your face?

I don’t remember clearly but I think it was about 5 years ago. I saw my friend doing it for fun and I joined haha


Did you train as an artist?

No I’ve never learned how to draw or how to do makeup so I don’t have diploma or anything. I learned through my experiences. 

Image courtesy Sayumi

Do you think of yourself as a painter, or a make-up artist?

That’s a difficult question! I’m a tattoo apprentice now and my dream is to make a living as a tattoo artist. I’m doing face paint as my hobby so more like a painter but not exactly haha

Image courtesy Sayumi

Who/what are your inspirations?

Old painters like Picasso, Mucha, Gogh etc and nature, life events and my emotions. 

Image courtesy Sayumi

I noticed that you paint a lot of classic paintings like Picasso and Botticelli, who is your favourite artist?

Mucha is my all time favourite! 

Image courtesy Sayumi

What is your favourite painting that you’ve made?

I have attached some pictures! (Images of fluorescent Mona Lisa and drawings of girls shaped into a heart)


Do you ever go out with a painted face?

Only Halloween haha


Check out Sayumi’s work on her Instagram feed

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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