Instead of paint, L.I.C. artist uses chocolate
For the past 10 years, the artist, born in Australia and raised in Lebanon, has painted with chocolate.
Now based in Long Island City, Chidiac has a distinct, creative routine unseen among those working with oils and acrylics. He cleans his brushes by licking them, and is forced to repeatedly remind people to not dig their nails into his paintings for a taste.
Regularly, countless boxes of chocolate, instead of pigments and lacquers, are shipped to his studio.
- Read the article at Queens Courier
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It all started with an idea to paint entirely edible portraits of a diverse group of people in chocolate. His first show of chocolate portraits was entitled Flavor of New York and was exhibited at the Sixth Annual Chocolate Show in Manhattan. The exhibit opened in November 2003 and was a huge hit with thousands of attendees and the media. Sid Chidiac returned to Australia where his work received extensive media coverage. He donated several oil paintings and chocolate paintings to local charities that benefited children in need. He was also able to organize a children’s art auction that raised $10,000 for Sydney Children’s Hospital. Sid has gone on to exhibit his chocolate paintings in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Sydney, and Kuwait. On April 18, 2005 Sid was interviewed in Paris by Emma Charlton through AFP, head media of the world. This interview received full coverage from around the world through radio, television, and newspapers in several different languages.
Sid Chidiac has a large gallery of oil paintings.