Today we’d like to introduce you to Sabrina Evan.
Sabrina, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Love for Art and painting has been with me since very beginning. I started drawing and using colors at age 4.Later I started attending after school art classes and participating in children’s group exhibitions. Growing up in Eastern European country I’ve faced a lot of difficulties with my family and people around me because I had opposite believes and vision of life. I would always get bullied and physically hurt defending my personality. One of the reasons was not believing in religion. I wanted to be free and everyone around me looked like a programed robot following the same rules someone ever created. After graduating school I decided to continue my art journey and got accepted to Art University of Baku. My creative side was totally suppressed by the program of traditional painting but I did graduate and as soon as I turned 18 I escaped my country and moved to USA. Moving here as a teenager by-myself was very challenging since I did not have anyone here and was not able to work for a long period of time. Painting was the only skill and friend I had which helped me through rough times. I would paint for local bars and neighbors which helped me to survive. Soon I moved to Houston, TX and met an important couple who played a big role in my Art .Artist William Loyd And LGBTQ Activist Nikki Araguz Loyd. I would always look for art opportunities on craigslist or some adds and that’s how I found them having an artist call for their “STARVING ARTIST GALLERY” They really liked my work and encouraged me to make more pieces for sale. In 2014 I moved to LA but was very lost with my art and what I wanted to do. I did not paint for almost a year and was very depressed since I am stuck with immigration process till this day. I felt trapped and scared for my future. Fear of losing everything I have here and being sent to nowhere. I have no place to go and this is my home. My art was just a pretty image that people will request and I had no style or inspiration for creating. I did not know what to do or who to be. I moved to an isolated town of Bakersfield. I was living in an empty house with air mattress and my kitchen/living room was my studio. That is when everything actually STARTED! I got very upset one day with my immigration situation I took all the mail and letter I had and I did installation/painting on canvas called “Mail box”
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
In 2016, I started with my first piece “MAIL BOX” that represented my feelings and situation a lot of people going through while immigrating to a new country. Waiting for that one letter that would never come through. I tried to show the difficulties that I was facing. After that piece is when I found a way of truly expressing my feelings and thoughts through my paintings. I found a way to be heard since no one ever cares of what I’m saying. Now I paint daily life struggles and my personal experiences. It is very important to me to reflect of what is going on right now in world and hopefully pass it to the next generation through the images that I have created. I want people to see the issues and help to change it for better! I love experimenting with any medium but my proficiency is acrylic paint on canvas.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
The key I believe is consistency. It’s hard to stick to it because of our daily lives, but that is the only way you can reach your dreams is by putting hard work and dedication. It is tricky for an artist since we usually look for inspiration which sometimes disappears, but definitely not giving up. Success for me is inner peace and doing what I love.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Now that I’m not depressed or lost anymore. I know I want to paint for life and spread my work. I often exhibit in Local galleries and events. I have a social media platform /Instagram @Sabrinaevansart_ /@sabrina.evan where I share my process, artwork and upcoming exhibitions.
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