Too good to eat? Artist turns vegan breakfasts into masterpieces

Anamaria Finta creates her masterpieces before most of us have had our first cup of coffee.

The Austria-based artist started a personal project two years ago trying to eat vegan. The experiment was only meant to last one month but Ana was so hooked she's been a vegan ever since. Her latest art project involves her taste buds as much as her artistic eye, and it's a great way for her to show how varied and fun vegan food can be.

She draws most of her inspiration from childhood memories and art as well as "casual things like walking through a park and seeing flowers in bloom," Ana told TODAY.com via email.

Image: Vegetable flowers on a bed of bread. Ana Finta
Ana sculpted cream cheese, salad, watercress, tomatoes and bell pepper to create a tiny flower field on a slice of bread.

With meals as exotic and picturesque as Ana's, I can only imagine the kind of fresh food heaven her kitchen must be.

"My [fridge] is always full to the limit!" she said, proving me right. Her ice box is always full with the last season's produce and she preserves fruits and vegetables so that she can use them all year round.

(Sidenote: Old Mother Hubbard over here literally never has food in her pantry. I'm quite jealous.) 

"I enjoy walking by the market stalls, which are filled with seasonal, colourful vegetables, fruits and flowers," she wrote. "I like to support the local farmers by buying most of my vegetables and fruits there."

Image: Strawberry smoothie bowl styled by Ana Finta Ana Finta
I may be allergic to strawberries, but this smoothie bowl with dried figs and chia looks so tasty.

Her dishes may look magical, but each one requires patience and a precise design. Ana has had her fair share of "food fails," but she encourages other Instagrammers to know that it's all just part of the process. She even offered up a pro tip: she recommends using a sharp knife and spoon to "paint" with.

Want to see more of Ana's mouth-watering creations? Check out this slideshow and get ready to crave vegan!

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    Plated to perfection: Vegan breakfasts sculpted into art

    Ana Finta creates her masterpieces before most of us have had our first cup of coffee. She uses fresh, healthy ingredients to construct artworks so charming, you’ll want to gobble them up.

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    Playing with food -

    Austria-based artist Ana Finta spends a lot of time playing with her plate. The rising Instagram star crafts delicate works of art from her all-natural breakfasts (before she digs in, of course).

    From beloved Disney characters to spring scenes and everything in between, they’re all vegan and seriously adorable!

    This rice cake with acovado, papaya, sesame and pom seeds makes our mouths water.

    Ana Finta
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    I do believe in fairies -

    Ana Finta loves creating scenes that bring her back to her childhood, like this portrait of Tinker Bell made of yogurt and fruit puree.

    "As a child imagined to be in a fairy world when I played in the flower field by my grandparents house," she writes. "I dreamed that fairies were real."

    Ana Finta
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    Fresh as a daisy -

    "Making food art is like storytelling to me," Finta says. Her creations, such as these flowers, look virtually alive.

    Ana Finta
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    Doe eyes -

    Ana Finta spends a lot of time planning out her plates before she begins the food styling process. "I paint and draw a lot in my sketchbook," she said in an email to TODAY.com. Then she takes the food into consideration based on consistency, color and taste.

    This yogurt deer, one of Ana's personal favorites, is walking along a path of crunchy oatmeal.

    Ana Finta
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    La verdad -

    Finta has created several plates insprired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, but this raw platter of floral fruits and vegetables is her favorite. She admires Kahlo for her talent and strong ambition, and can relate to her artistic spirit.

    Ana Finta
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    Tart art -

    This vibrant strawberry smoothie bowl with dried figs and chia looks almost too good to eat!

    Ana Finta
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    Little bunny -

    "Not everything turns out to be a good idea," Finta told TODAY.com. "I always try to acquire new techniques and skills to express myself in new ways." The artist even revisits plate ideas if she comes up with a fresh way to execute her vision.

    Ana Finta
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    Tropical -

    This dish, which is made of chia pudding with figs and fresh coconut flakes, makes us want to float away to paradise.

    Ana Finta
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    Scarlet begonias -

    Finta draws a lot of her inspiration from art and books, though she admits that not everyone shares her passions.

    "Once I wanted to transfer my image of Franz Kafka's "The Methamorphosis" (a story in which the main character turns into an insect) into a dessert," she explained. "No one was impressed by that and [they] looked at it as a fail, but in my eyes it was still beautiful."

    Finta doesn't let creative differences bother her; after all, she's the one who gets to eat the finished product!

    Ana Finta
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    Playful panda -

    Sometimes Finta just wants to make something cute. This vanilla yogurt panda was a spontaneous creation.

    Ana Finta
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    A little bird told me... -

    This sweet creation looks as if it could hop right off the plate and fly away.

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    A beautiful canvas -

    "The plate is my canvas, food is my stain."

    Finta decorated her blackberry smoothie bowl with coconut flakes and kumquat.

    Ana Finta
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    Down the rabbit hole -

    Alice in Wonderland was Ana Finta's childhood hero. As a little girl she often felt like the heroine of Lewis Carroll's book as she slipped into her own imagination.

    "I always had a huge fantasy, and enjoyed reading and playing outside in nature. I got lost in daydreams so many times, and forgot everything around me."

    Ana Finta
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    Spoonful of spring -

    Ana tries to look beyond just basic shapes and colors when she begins a project. "I am always tempted to create something out of everything," she writes.

    These adorable spring-themed dessert spoons are made of vegan chocolate, vanilla and caramel pudding.

    Ana Finta
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    Rise to shine -

    Ana was so thrilled to have TODAY.com feature her work that she crafted a plate just for us! The chia, chocolate and (heart-shaped) rock melon sunrise sits on a backdrop of vanilla yogurt.

    Ana Finta

Samantha Okazaki is a multimedia editor for TODAY.com. 

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