Meet Russian Artist Svetlana Petrova, Creator of Fat Cat Art


There are those artists who love cats… and then there are those artists whose art really shows off their love and penchant for cats – and Russian artist Svetlana Petrova definitely falls in the latter category! The painter has become quite the Internet sensation as of late after placing her cat Zarathustra in popular, iconic paintings throughout history. At the risk of being “punny,” Petrova refers to Zarathustra as her “mews,” which is not far from the truth!

The talented artist’s site, Fat Cat Art, showcases brilliant photographs of feline-loving works of art, with Zarathustra posing with classics and portraits such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Michelangelo, the Sistine Madonna painting by Raphael as well as contemporary and modern art. The extensive gallery is categorized by periods and countries, including Ancient Art, Italian Renaissance and 16th century, the North Europe Renaissance, French Art from the 18th to early 19th centuries, USA Art from the 19th century, Art from the 20th century, and much, much more. The placement of her beloved feline in classic works come off as a bit cheeky, but is all in good fun – and it’s quite astonishing just how hilarously accurate the switch-off comes off!

Here are a few of the Petrova’s pieces, featuring the famous Zarathustra:


The secret of Mona Lisa’s smile


The Creation of cAt-dam


Ivan Argunov, Portrait of an Unknown Woman in Russian Costume and a Well Known Cat in a Vet Collar

If you’re a cat lover or even just a cat enthusiast, Petrova’s site is definitely worth checking out! It’s laden with an extensive gallery of photo after photo of the ever-amusing Zarathustra. The often-humorous, always beautiful pieces of art are like nothing else you’ve ever seen before. Go right meow!

Photo Source: Fat Cat Art

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