A glimpse into the life and studio of artist, Ana Leovy. We spoke with #faithfullgirl Ana on becoming a full-time artist, the influence Mexico has had on her creative style and finding inspiration in the everyday.
“Please introduce yourself:”
Hi! I am Ana Leovy, a Mexican artist based in Cancun. I mainly work with gouache and acrylics. I’m inspired by feelings, dreams and everyday life. My art intends to represent characters living in vibrant worlds, which are often a fusion between real life and my imagination. I play with the disruption of the human form to reveal my view on both internal and external beauty.
“what is the inspiration behind your work?”
Growing up in Mexico has definitely had an influence on my use of color; I’m always inspired by my surroundings and my culture even without making it consciously. At the moment I am particularly interested in figurative art because I find the human body fascinating, I like that my characters have their own personalities and that people can relate to them somehow. But what ignites my inspiration is constantly changing and there are multiple themes I like to explore; like human connections, pleasure for leisure and the simplicity of daily life.
“You left full-time work to become a full-time artist, what are your tips for people wanting to do the same? ”
Like any other business, it requires dedication, hard work and patience. If you want to do art for a living you have to take it seriously and practice as much as possible, even if you are not “inspired”, when art is your full-time job the more you stay active the more creative you get (at least that’s what happens to me). That said, it doesn’t mean I am inspired and in the mood to create 24/7, as much as I love painting it is also important to take a break every now and then, to step back, recharge and live. Sometimes balancing tasks can be a bit overwhelming because I do it all on my own, so I try to be as organized as possible and divide my days between creative and administrative work. The last one being the least appealing side of the business (in my opinion) so I try doing this outside of my studio, I take my laptop to a nice café and read contracts, emails, update the website, or even sketch a little. Don´t give your art for free, if you don’t believe it's valuable nobody else will. Also never be afraid of asking for help, do research and keep on learning, nobody has completely figured it out.
“When do you feel the most creative?”
Usually, after a good night's sleep, when I am being healthy in general. Early mornings are my favorite for sketching when everything is still quiet. But creativity cannot be tamed and sometimes an idea can be triggered with the most unexpected situations, at the weirdest hour and place.
“How has growing up in Mexico informed your sense of style or creativity?”
Mexico is a place that sparks your senses, it is a country rich in color, sounds, tastes, it is very vibrant and hectic I think that is reflected in my work.
“Your go-to summer outfit is:”
I always feel comfortable and confident in a midi or maxi dress and it’s easy to go from day to night wearing one. I like that because on a good summer day you never know what's gonna happen. I'll just change the shoes depending on location and maybe pair it with a denim jacket if I get cold.
“Where was the best vacation you’ve ever taken? ”
Amsterdam two summers ago, loved everything about it, the places I saw, and the people I met. It definitely inspired me in several ways. I took my sketchbook everywhere and would walk for hours until I found a cute café or park and stayed there painting, writing, doodling or just watching people pass by while listening to music, it was wonderful.