shot by: Lianna Weeks

Art On The Ave 7.17.16 : Meet The Artists

Sagie Vangelina.

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Cranston, RI.22.

Abstract Expressionism
Intagram: @rastagrandpa–Facebook: Sagie Vangelina

How did you come to your aesthetic style? How does your aesthetic style work with your message?

“It was a combination of life’s ups and downs and the never ending creating. Through all the experimentation it just hit me.
I’m moved by music and vibrations so my lines create a visual for that experience.”
Growing up, how did art influence you and what was your first introduction into making art?
“Art was always my way of expressing myself and definitely helped me grow mentally.
 I got my first easel at the age of 4. I would paint so freely and full of movement. My mom said I never made any sense but she loved my abstraction.”
Name some of your biggest influences as an artist and why?
“Jackson Pollock, the God of abstract expressionism.”
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Julio E. Berroa. 
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Providence, RI. 18.
Intuitive and observative
 Julioberroa.tumblr.com-Instagram: @Berroaworld-Facebook: Julio E.Berroa

What is your creative process? How do you come up with an idea and how do you execute it? What is your routine?
” My creative process is very spontaneous depending on what I’m doing, I do many kinds of art, but when it comes to painting, music is what drives the brush. Coming up with ideas for me sometimes is very easy sometimes it is not. Like I said, music is my biggest influence for all things I do, whether it is painting, illustrating, sculpting or photography. My routine is very simple. I just put the type of music I’m feeling (mostly EDM, house, Dubstep, ECT) than I look at my surroundings and to my plan (if I have any) and decide from where to start.”
 
Growing up, how did art influence you and what was your first introduction into making art?
” I grew up in Dominican Republic. Since very young I’ve always been involved with art. I bounced from public school to the art institute to get basic classes of drawing. My town was filled with lots of murals, and it had a big music scene. My first introduction to art was when  I first visited the museum of arts in Santiago, Dominican Republic. It was very magical to see all this different paintings, sculptures and other things. “
 Name some of your biggest influences as an artist and why?
“My biggest influences in art are, Kyle Steed, he is a Texas based illustrator and when I first found him, his way of doing illustration was like no other I have ever seen. He is a hand drawn artist and that’s what makes me loves his art the most because I am also a hand drawn designer. Jack Vanzet is a creative director (which is the career I desire) and goes from making very crazy paintings (either for himself or album covers for artists) to making music and directing shows. He does all the things I want to be. Christian Watson founder of the 1924us brand is also a hand drawn illustrator/designer from Oregon and his old-styled way to creating is amazing and inspires me to do similar but unique things with my art. He inspires me to go out and explore my surroundings.”
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AGonza.
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Born in Providence Rhode Island, raised in Dominican Republic.23.
Feminist, Transparent and Protective.
Instagram: @art_AGonza
How did you come to your aesthetic style? How does your aesthetic style work with your message?
“I began evolving my personal style in college as I discovered who I was and what I stood for in life. Like most young adults finding them selves, I had trouble with self acceptance and how others portrayed me through my physical appearance. I began painting women through figurative drawing courses and found my self painting self portraits and falling in love with what I had saw. “
Growing up, how did art influence you and what was your first introduction into making art?
:In Dominican Republic I had attended a Catholic school. There was a time in which college became the talk in class and the only option I was given was computer technician and accounting/business. I had refused to become either and informed the nuns I wanted to be an artist. I was told I could absolutely not make a living out of Art. My passion for art grew and after this occurrence, when I arrived to the US I made it clear I was going to become and artist of some sort. “
How has your interests in art making evolved in the past few years?
“I began painting bad dark dreams that I have had but I wasn’t consistent with the design and passion of that style. I then would just sketch random objects. When I arrived to the University of Rhode Island I had a professor who was a black inspired painter and painted very large pieces of work which fascinated me. He instructed figurative paintings courses which consisted of nude models.  I was initially uncomfortable because I wanted to paint something that I could relate to, someone that looked like me and not like these models, so I started to paint things that I could see myself in.”
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Lianna Weeks (Returning featured artist). 
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Pawtucket, RI. 22.

no chill, fuckboi, minimalist

theyouthculture.com-Instagram :@theyouth___ (3 underscores)

How did you come to your aesthetic style? How does your aesthetic style work with your message?

“I want to say minimalist. I like clean high contrast black and white. A lot of my stuff it very documentary style and in your face. My message/logo is theYOUTH: Made by us for us; we are the culture. So my aesthetic just kind of tries to show us young people being present in spaces, and being momentarily carefree. My work tries to be very unifying in a way and I feel as though black and white photography allows me to execute that in the best way.  I didn’t learn this on my own but something I picked up from my friend Soomin. She’s a black and white film photographer in Korea, and while I met her there, she really showed me the power of black and white and how it has the ability to connect with people that colored photography isn’t really able to do.”

What is your creative process? How do you come up with an idea and how do you execute it? What is your routine?

“It all depends if I’m making a film or if I am taking pictures. When it comes to photography, I literally just get drunk and take photographs as a way to connect with the people I’m turning up with. With photography it’s all instincts so I don’t really think. I trust myself and my talent so I kinda just black out and let instincts take over. For film, planing is more extensive as its more time consuming. I have a journal that I carry everywhere and that has all my film idea, camera angle plans, and aesthetic ideas. From there, I try and create though I haven’t made a film in a couple of months. Films are what I love the most but what I do the least because it’s something I’m most insecure about showing.”

What are some aspects of the culture of your generation that has influenced your art the most?

“They influence everything. I think the whole turning up culture and angst feelings we have right now play the most into my work. Like the idea that we are always searching for more though were trying to live in the now. I would go as far as to try and say that my work is a microcosm of our generation as it’s a product of it.”

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 Akeem Weston

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Instagram: @paintnlaces

What is your creative process? How do you come up with an idea and how do you execute it? What is your routine?
“When it comes to my creative process sometimes it is super meticulous other times it’s just random. I like for both the foreground and background in my painting to play off each other almost like a push and pull effect. As for my routine I kind of just draw a really raw layout of the focal point of the paint, lay my base colors then start to outline those base colors. As for the background they are made up as I go. Kinda super random until I hit a point that I feel satisfied.”

Growing up, how did art influence you and what was your first introduction into making art?

“Growing up Art has always been major part of my life. Living in the south Bronx you are exposed to a lot of graffiti culture from how to make a point using your art down to which colors work will with each other. Books like where the wild things are make me want to just draw more and become better and how cartoon can become just a major part of people lives. I feed off all those things and try to put them into my work.”

Name some of your biggest influencers as an artist and why?

“My big influences are Murakami and the super flat movement. Another person I draw from is hanna barbera and all the characters he created. Along with the Bronx it just a place that like no other.”

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Zay Melgar

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Providence., RI. 22.
Streetart, Abstract, Graphic Design
Instgram: @Diablo.PVD
Growing up, how did art influence you and what was your first introduction into making art?
“Growing up I had an older cousin who did  graffiti. He moved down here from NYC when I was in Elementary school and introduced me to graffiti. At the time I was too young to paint with him but I would observe him and his styles and I would teach myself. “
Name some of your biggest influencers as an artist and why?
“I have a few influences, but one of the most influential to me as an artist is Atomik
(@Atomiko), he is a Miami based artist who is creative and hella consistent with his artwork. He’s been doing it for years and his city has a lot of love for his work which is the coolest part. “
6. How has your interests in art making evolved in the past few years?
“I had stopped doing graffiti for a while back in high school and started back up again around 2013/2014. I realized that I couldn’t let my talent go to waste so I put it to use. “
Brandford “Da Professa” Davis
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Brandford’s daughter wearing an original piece off their new clothing line, ADDAnkara.

Providence, RI.28.

Free-Spirited, Afrocentric, Inspiring

Latest Poetry: The Policy: Poetry Chapbook Available for purchase at www.brandforddavis.com

Black Economics: To aid in the progression of the economic develop in the black community I have developed the Black Pages. A directory for Rhode Island’s Black- Owned Businesses/Organizations soon available at www.brandforddavis.com

Fashion: Most recently launched a online store for my clothing line ADDAnkara. www.addankara.com

 

What is your creative process? How do you come up with an idea and how do you execute it? What is your routine?

“My creative process depends on the project that I’m working on. If I am writing a piece to perform for an event, wedding, or specific demographic that requires research/collecting information I do that first before I even think about what I am going to compose. In most cases I let my daily experiences and encounters shape what I write.  I generally like to compose at night in a stimulating atmosphere with at least a couple of hours to spare. I try to compose a piece in one sitting. ”

Growing up, how did art influence you and what was your first introduction into making art?

“Growing up, art, especially black art was a vibrant and essential part of my upbringing. From sculptures to paintings being displayed  throughout my parent’s house, attending black plays, and participating in band, art classes, and etc. Not only did art inspire me, but seeing people of the same race being able to express emotions and stories in different creative platforms opened my eyes to the unlimited possibilities that art possesses. While living in Chicago one day I came across a journal that my brother kept. I opened it up and to my surprise it was poems that he wrote. At that moment, that was my first encounter to poetry that truly interested me. ”

 Peace Club 

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Watercolor  by Mat Bev

Providence, RI.

Artist Collective

http://www.peaceclubri.com/–Instagram: @peaceclubri

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