How Masks Have Appeared in Art

Hayati Evren’s Corona Lisa became a meme that has been plastered across bags and mugs (Credit: Hayati Evren)

A profile picture with a covered mouth greets visitors to the Instagram page of Cypriot visual designer Hayati Evren. The mash-up artist has taken virtual scissors and glue to his own image, and superimposed a bright blue surgical mask on an otherwise monochrome photograph.

The playful artist, who has been meddling with masterpieces for almost a decade, is best known right now for his cheeky Corona Lisa, who sips a Corona beer through a pierced face mask. Alongside Oregon-based Antonio Brasko’s teetotal version, the meme has spread from social media to T-shirts, bags and mugs.

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