“Let your passion be your guide,” was the biggest takeaway from an inspiring conversation with Haitian-American artist, Angie B. This amazing, multi talented artist has fearlessly combined her love of art and design into a multitude of mediums – paper, canvas and even t-shirts. She’s an artistic force to be reckoned with.
Angie B. is a Long Island native who grew up driven by creativity in all forms. From pencil to photography, there weren’t many forms of media that she hasn’t explored. While earning her visual arts degree at Fordham University, she discovered her love for both the classical and abstract arts. She mused at how line and form had the power to create lasting connections and emotions.
Currently, Angie continues to build her body of work and experiment with various mediums including ink, paint, wood, and various canvas. She also works as a graphic designer.
Haitiville: What drives/motivates you?
Angie B: My primary motivation is the drive to always be better than I was yesterday.
Haitiville: How has your culture influenced your work?
Angie B: One thing that always stands out to me about my culture is the vibrancy in the art, the nation, and the people. I try to reflect a colorful and vibrant feel to a lot of my pieces.
Haitiville: What does growing up Haitian mean to you?
Angie B: To me, growing up Haitian means pride, richness in culture, family, laughing, community, tradition, and resiliency.
Haitiville: Who are your artistic idols? Who do you look up to?
Angie B: I’m a fan of Da Vinci, Picasso, Gaugain, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, and many other figurative and abstract artists. There are so many amazing artists past and present that have effectively transferred their emotions onto canvas. It is easy to become inspired by them all.
Haitiville: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Angie B: Art wise, I actually have no real idea and I don’t mind that. [It] helps keep my mind free to create my art based on my current emotions. I’ll definitely continue to aggressively build up my portfolio and see where it takes me. The next few years are my blank canvas, creating as the days come. That’s the most exciting thing to me.
Haitiville: Tell us about your upcoming November 4th event?
Angie B: Oh, it’s my first solo art show. Super excited.
Angie B., we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. Wishing you the very best!!