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In conversation with the artist challenging female standards: Amber Vittoria

Amber Vittoria is a New York City-based illustrator who clients have racked up fast over the last few years from working with The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller, Refinery29, Saks Fifth Avenue, Adidas, and Interscope Records to name a few. Also being named one of 15 under 30 visual artists to watch. We catch up and discuss Art, feminism, and FGUK. 

Hi, Amber, today we would like to talk about you and your work as an artist. When did you start becoming interested in illustration and graphics?

Illustrating was a deep passion; as I grew older (with the mental aid of my family) I realised art could become my life and livelihood.

Did you do something else besides art before?

Professionally no, though personally I enjoyed terribly dancing in my bedroom to 90’s Top 40.

How would you describe your art and what are your inspirations when creating?

My work is airy, colorful, and powerful with heavy conceptual roots in femininity, physical identity, and nature. The ‘ideal physical female’ is something my artwork aims to break. Because of this, several of my pieces focus on femininity and the female form, leveraging physical traits such as body hair, overtly extended limbs, and rounded features. In regards to inspiration, women I pass by in the city and while traveling is the source.

A typical day in your life – how would it look like?

In addition to illustrating, I am also a full-time designer at Avon. A typical weekday involves me waking up, exercising, getting ready for work, working until the early evening, then coming home and drawing/writing/reading. As for rituals, exercising allows me time to think about new pieces that I’m working on, which is incredible. Reading also teaches me, which influences a lot of my work. I’m almost finished with Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’ and am so thankful she shared it with us.

Do you have any artist or photographer you admire?

A few!
Jenny Saville – her form is mesmerizing
Isabel Castillo Guijarro – an honest, incredible depiction of women
Isabelle Feliu – her women dance, even whilst static
Camila Rosa – bold, powerful, fearless figures
Ping Zhu – colorful and whimsical shapes

What are your secret passions?

Since injuring majority of my lower-half from running, I’ve pivoted to practicing yoga and surprisingly love it.

Your childhood hero?

My parents and brother. I hope to one day obtain their selflessness.

Favourite movie?

Mean Girls comes to mind first. Possibly because today is October 3rd.

Favourite 2 tracks right now?

Natalie, by Sean McVerry
The Cure, by Lady Gaga

Where do you want to see yourself as an artist in five years?

Happy

Describe yourself in four words with the letters…

F….reeform
G….rateful
U….pfront
K….inetic

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