AI Generator Will Turn Any Person Into a Renaissance Style “Masterpiece”

Have you ever wondered what you would look like as a Renaissance painting? Well, ponder no longer thanks to a Japanese full-stack developer named Sato and his creation called AI Gahuku. He has developed an AI art generator that takes a user-submitted picture and transforms it into a painting (a “masterpiece”) from the Golden Age of the arts. While the service does work, its definition of “masterpiece” could be up for debate once you see its offerings.

Some of the AI-generated art are faithful recreations of the source images; the results look like the photographs—except now they are crafted with paint strokes. But other portraits didn’t fare so well. Depending on the photo, the output might have distorted features, errant facial hair, and it may be in need of some serious dental work. These glitches are often amusing (and not totally unexpected) from AI, as machine learning improves the more that users input data.

There is, however, a more problematic side to AI Gahuku. In cases of people of color who upload their photo, many have found that the paintings they receive have lightened their skin color. This is acknowledged by the developer. “Currently, we are confirming that the output of the AI artist has been biased,” Sato said in response. “We hope to use a wide variety of learning data and increase the diversity of output in the future. I'd love to have your support in the future!”

The AI Gahuku is an AI art generator that turns user-submitted photos into Renaissance-style paintings.

While some recreations are spot on, others were not so lucky…

…and there are complaints that the AI is lightening the skin of people of color. (A fact the developer acknowledges.)

AI Gahuku: Website | Twitter
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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