All you have to do is turn on the TV or flip through a magazine to watch the media rob aging of its beauty.

After all, it’s an honor to grow old. Despite all that, cosmetics companies spend millions on making us fear the inevitable by presenting it as something ugly. One artist by the name of Yulia Brodskaya is flipping the script on aging by creating stunning works that celebrate the vibrancy of living a long, full life.

 Her portraits serve as snapshots of the wiser set, and they look like paintings at first glance. When you take a closer look, however, you’ll notice that every wrinkle and crease is brought to life with bits of folded paper.

Brodskaya pays vivacious, a reverent homage to the art of growing old.

Brodskaya pays vivacious