We recently had the pleasure of speaking to the very talented Vanessa Ayala. For those who may not be familiar with her work yet, Vanessa Ayala is a visual artist, recording artist and entrepreneur. Recently, she was a featured artist and performed at Art Basel in Miami. She was kind enough to answer some of our questions and give us some insight about her influences, expectations, and when she is most creative. Take a few moments to gain some perspective and insight from our Q&A with Vanessa Ayala below.
Can you please share your name, where you currently reside and where you are originally from if different than your current location.
My name is Vanessa Ayala and I live in New York. I studied in San Francisco, California but I am originally from Kansas City.
How has the area where you were raised influenced your art?
My art is mainly influenced by pop culture, and pop artists like Andy Warhol.
What is the earliest memory you have of you expressing yourself artistically? Do you remember where it was and what you created?
I am a painter and I am also a singer. At a very young age maybe around 5 I would make up songs and sing to my mother while she cooked. I also loved Michael Jackson. I drew a cd cover around that age with my name on it and the release date was my birthday, June 22nd.
Can you please share your definition of Art?
Art is an expression that comes from your soul.
What is your favorite medium to use and why?
I love to paint with a lot of different mediums, oil, acrylic, watercolor and airbrush.
What is your creative process like? Do you have any specific routines or rituals you do before creating?
I do have sort of a routine during my creative process. I always draw the image first and then I draw it again with black paint and then I go in with the color.
What is your spirit animal? What animal do you feel best represents you and why?
The animal that best represents me is a bird because I am a free spirit.
How do you know when a piece you are creating is successful or complete?
I know when a painting is complete by intuition and I feel satisfied with the piece as a whole.
If there was a quote or mantra that represents you best, what would it be and why?
2 quotes that I live by would be
“I can do all things through Christ which strengths me.”
“when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”
What 3 visual artists have you inspired you the most? If you can pick one of the three to work with, who would you choose and why?
In art 3 artists who’ve inspired me is Andy Warhol, John Singer Sargent, Kehinde Wiley. I would love to work with Andy Warhol
In music 3 artists who’ve inspired me is Aaliyah, Selena, Romeo Santos. I would love to work with Romeo Santos.
You seem to use vibrant colors in many of your paintings. What do you believe that represents about you?
The use of vibrant colors in my art is a reflection of my personality I am shy but I am very eccentric in my creative style and artistic expression.
Are you involved in other creative projects at the moment?
Other than my art I am working on my EP in both English and Spanish. My single “Sacrifice” is available on all digital platforms and I am signed with the indie label 2Strong music
What kind of setting do you find you excel in artistically ? Is there a time of day or specific location that you inspires you the most?
I am most creative at night. I excel in a calm, peaceful setting to create my paintings.
Who or what is the biggest influence in your life ? What are the most important lessons you have learned from that influence?
The biggest influence in my life would be life experiences itself. Falling and getting back up again, fighting for a better life and working hard.
You recently stated “I literally gave up painting for years”, was there a specific reason for giving it up and what lead you back to it?
After graduating from a Fine Art College I was discouraged by the expectations and pressure you get exposed to in the world of high art. I came to painting simply because I missed it.
Did your style change over the time you stepped away from painting ? Did you notice anything different when you started painting again?
My style completely changed when I came back to it. Before I was uncertain of myself and it showed in my work. Now I paint with confidence and have a clear vision of what I want my paintings to look like.
What do you believe is a key element in creating an ideal composition and why?
The key element to creating an ideal composition is the drawing underneath the painting.
Besides commissioned work, how do you go about choosing the subject of your painting ?
I choose the subject of my paintings by pop culture and my own taste.
With today’s economical climate, do you find it difficult to get compensated
the correct value for your work? Or do you believe it translates well?
I can take care of myself by creating art full time but I would love to be rewarded more financially because of the time I put into my art.
Can you share some words for individuals who do not believe they are artistic or for anyone who has given up and stopped creating their art?
I would recommend for other aspiring artists to look for other people who inspire them artistically and dive deep into the concepts of positive thinking.