The Art of Deceit

A couple days ago I received an email from a fan who wanted to let me know a seller on Ebay was selling pillows with my artwork on it. It’s not the first time, and probably not the last, as many artists have had to deal with this for years. I contacted the seller, filled out Ebay’s VERO form, and then set out to contact all the other artists I could find, by Google image searching artwork on the pillows. I found about 12, mostly on Etsy, contacted them and passed on the info. I thought that was going to be it for the day!

Unfortunately, it wasn’t. A friend had recommended a website called ImageRights. They offer up to 1000 free uploads of images, which they will search the internet for. The results are bundled into folders like, “blogs, possibly resellers, outside our protection,” etc. That’s when I found my Frida and Friends painting. It was clearly my painting, but someone had vomited flowers all over it. So I turned to Google image search and went looking for the creator of the image. A girl in Peru, with tons of stolen artwork, she was passing off as her own. My piece, was apparently her signature piece.

Untitled99
The thief’s website, first image featuring my altered painting.

I was literally stunned. I found her Facebook pages, her personal Facebook page, and I shared them on my personal Facebook page. My friends and Mom went at her, commenting on all the pictures with my painting, pointing out it wasn’t her work. I went to work contacting other artist who she had stolen work from.

A costumer showing appreciation for a pillow she purchased from Flavia.
A costumer showing appreciation for a pillow she purchased from Flavia.

Untitled67669

I even found it on Society 6, which pissed me off a bit more since I actually sell there.
I even found it on Society 6, which pissed me off a bit more since I actually sell there.
Judging from the printing lines on the foreground flowers, it looks like she prints out the edited image, then paints over the flowers.
Judging from the printing lines on the foreground flowers, it looks like she prints out the edited image, then paints over the flowers.
She even participated in some art+KIA thing, and had it put on a car.
She even participated in some art+KIA thing, and had it put on a car.
Being interviewed.
Being interviewed.

After quite a few hours of reporting every image I could through Facebook to have them removed, she finally emailed me. She said it wasn’t her art (clearly) and that nothing had been sold (clearly…) and that I should keep quiet about it and she will remove all the images. That *I* should keep *quiet* about it. She has made her living off of directly stealing other people’s artwork, I wouldn’t care if she was inspired, we’re all inspired, but her “thing” is taking artwork, puking flowers all over it, slapping her name on it and saying it’s hers. That’s unacceptable. This is my livelihood, so I can’t stand idly by.

As of today, she has removed her 4art design Facebook page, as well as her Flavia Macedo(insertotherwords) page. She’s tried to remove all traces of her theft from the internet (I got screenshots =).) Surprisingly, she hasn’t removed all of the stolen artwork she’s taken from other artists. If you recognize any of the artwork, please contact the artists so they can get their art removed as well.

Advertisements

14 thoughts on “The Art of Deceit

  1. I’s sorry this happened to you but congratulate you on the time and effort you’ve taken to protect your artwork from thieves. Still, what a time suck when you could be spending that energy elsewhere. I hope this is the end of these problems for you. Love your work!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Claudia. I usually end up taking/losing a day or two a month when I decide to go look and then go after people like this. It’s a bummer we have to deal with it-the downside to putting stuff online, right?

  2. Instagram, art4life and facebook pages are down. I have screenshots of the web site with the stolen work, will try to ID some of the other artists.

  3. The TodoAutos people still Flavia Macedo’s picture up with the Kia and the stolen Frida art, dated June 15, 2015. (Found it by searching her name on their website.) They even have a closeup of the work she repainted to pass as her own. I’ll send them a note and a link to this page as well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s