Introducing one of our favourite artists, who through diversity and positivity, celebrates the modern confident female through her art.
We mutually connected with Ana through the desire to create pieces that are led by bold colour; straying from the stereotypical, whilst focusing on design and art that empowers women.
Original artwork creating for Kat Maconie by Ana Leovy featuring (left to right) Aya, Kimora, MIa
WE TOOK A FEW SECONDS TO FIND OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ANA:
ON OBSERVATION YOUR SUBJECT MATTER IS FOCUSED AROUND THE FEMALE FORM, IS THIS INTENTIONAL OR SOMETHING THAT HAS NATURALLY EVOLVED?
Ana—“This happened very naturally, I´ve always liked exploring with different subjects but for the first time this is the one I feel most comfortable with.
Female aesthetics have always been judged and defined by the fullness of its shape, in a way I try to avoid all beauty stereotypes by playing with the disruption of the human form.”
YOUR USE OF COLOUR IS PARTICULARLY DRAWING, IS THIS INSPIRED BY YOUR NATURAL SURROUNDINGS?
Ana—“Definitely, being born in Mexico and having lived in the caribbean for several years has inspired me in multiple ways. The landscapes, textiles, sunny weather ... its kinda hard to overlook.
When it comes to color in my work I believe the more the merrier haha, it´s the part of the creation process I enjoy the most, I follow no rule or guideline whatsoever and I love it.
WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO BASED?
My studio is currently based in Mexico City, however I have juicy plans of going back to the beach.. I will keep you posted on my next adventure.”
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CREATIVE JOURNEY?
Ana—“I started as a graphic designer but have been painting since I can remember and it was (still is) my favourite thing to do.
After a while as a designer I realised I was stuck in my confort zone and wasn't really happy.
Long story short I packed my bags, moved to Barcelona, did a masters in Illustration, met the most amazing creative people and finally got the courage to dedicate myself full-time to art.
Came back to Mexico and been doing this ever since. For sure the best decision I have ever made so far. though the journey has not been easy it definitely has been worth it.”
YOUR PAINTINGS FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE IN THE FASHION WORLD, DO YOU FIND FASHION A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION, IF SO ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR DESIGNERS YOU FOLLOW?
Ana—“OH YEAH! I adore fashion, I think clothes and accessories are walking pieces of art and it is so much fun to experiment with different styles and being able to give my characters different personalities when "dressing them".
There are many fashion brands that inspire my work but to name a few Mara Hoffman, Johanna Ortiz, Paloma Wool, Elie Saab, Kris Goyri...”
WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PASS?
Ana—“Oooh god there were so many back in my teen days… like the overuse of eye shadow or wearing a thick ribbon as a belt.”
YOUR PIECES FEEL VERY LIBERATED, DO YOU FEEL CONNECTED TO POLITICS AND IS THIS SOMETHING YOU INTEND TO PORTRAY DURING YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Ana—“It has never been my intention to become too political, however I think now more than ever it is important to stand up and support what you believe in. It is amazing to see so many movements all around the world demanding what should be natural; equality, love and acceptance. So after seeing all this it is impossible not to feel vulnerable, getting involved in such topics are a small way of showing support.”
LIVING IN LONDON WE KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO MAKE A LIVING FROM YOUR ART, HOW HAVE YOU MANAGED TO BALANCE YOUR ART AND LIVELIHOOD?
Ana—“At first I was juggling between freelance graphic design projects and illustration, in order to maintain a more steady income... once It all started to move faster I dedicated myself completely to the art world. It hasn't been easy and of course there are months were you make more money than others, but to me its all about being patient and knowing that hard work does pay off.
You also learn to make sacrifices, to set goals and not being shy of knocking on doors or asking for advice.”
WHAT FORMAT DO YOU FEEL MOST COMFORTABLE IN? HAVE YOU ALWAYS GRAVITATED TO A PARTICULAR MEDIUM LIKE ACRYLIC IN YOUR RECENT PAINTINGS?
Ana—“Every format has its good and bad side, Big canvases might feel intimidating at first but once you get started they are sooo much fun, Love a big white space to intervene. However, tiny pieces are the cutest and I also enjoy doing them. So I guess I love them all, I like being able to change formats and not being stuck with only one,
I think I would find that boring.”
HOW DO YOU UN-WIND?
Ana—“going dancing with my gal Pals always help or stepping out to my garden with a good book, wine/coffee and music.”
WHAT'S A SONG THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU DANCE?
Valerie (Amy Winehouse´s version) or ABC by The Jackson Five"
WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
Ana—“Plants, scented candles, shoes and notebooks.”
WHAT'S YOUR MORNING ROUTINE?
Ana—“open every window in my home while drinking a cup of tea, then I go for a run, followed by a big breakfast (my fave part of the day haha) quick shower and off to the studio!”
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