Today we’d like to introduce you to Anelia Lazaroff Torres.
Hi Anelia, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m a Los Angeles-based artist working in a variety of mediums. I’m originally from Bulgaria but came here at a very young age. I grew up in an artistic home. My parents are both ceramicists and owned a thriving business producing handmade tiles for many years. They took me to museums, shared their vast collection of art and design books with me, and always encouraged me to be creative. Because of my upbringing, I’ve always had a passion for art and design. I have been drawing and making things ever since I can remember. In college, I earned a fine arts degree in sculpture but I had originally planned to study fashion design. After graduating, I taught myself how to use Adobe Illustrator and this opened up a world of possibilities. I love to draw in Illustrator but it can be used in many ways and for many different purposes. Initially, I was using it to create digital templates for my sculptures. Later on, I found myself gravitating toward fashion again and started using Illustrator to design surface patterns and jewelry. Around this time, I opened an Etsy shop. I started out selling vintage items and soon incorporated my own creations as well. I have been selling my work online since.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
When I graduated college, I thought wanted a career specifically in fine art and was mostly focused on sculpture. I was able to show my work in various galleries and art venues but faced a lot of rejection as well. As time went on, I realized I had broader interests creatively. I not only had to develop new skill sets as an artist but also had to figure out new ways to market my work. I feel like I’ve started over many times but have ultimately come into my own working across a variety of disciplines.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My work is influenced by the eclectic landscape and mood of Los Angeles as well as my love of modern art, design, architecture, music and fashion. Colorful and vibrant, it blends reality and fantasy with a little bit of humor. I love art that is uplifting and communicates on an abstract, emotive and sensual level. I always try to achieve those things in my own work. Currently, I mostly work on drawings and surface patterns and I’m always open to collaborate. I offer high-quality art prints on my website as well as greeting cards and scarves.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success in life is a mix of different things, professional success being only one aspect. As an artist, I define success as a commitment to a creative practice and producing work that I feel proud of.
- 12×12″ Art Prints $45
- 8×10″ Art Prints $35
- Greeting Cards $6
- Scarves $130