By Amy Aguirre
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? When did you decide to be an artist?
A: My name is Yai, I am from Madrid, Spain. I came to Arizona six years ago. I’ve been an artist pretty much since I was born. When I was very tiny my mom used to put a lot of fax paper on the floor and give me markers or crayons and I would just get down. Since then I have never stopped drawing or creating in general.
Q: What is your opinion on the art culture in Downtown Phoenix? Has Phoenix inspired you when it comes to your artwork?
A: Thanks to Phoenix I am who I am, so I am absolutely grateful to the Phoenix culture. There’s really wonderful things in this city and a lot of opportunity for growth. Also being a part of such a small art community of artists that keeps growing, everybody kind of helps each other no matter what.
Q: What inspires you? Where do you find inspiration for your murals, paintings and artwork in general?
A: Everything inspires me. I love anything colorful, happy and fun therefore cartoons are a great influence in my pieces. My work is just a combination of everything I am and everything I live and observe daily.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pop art, modern, fun, cartoonish, exciting.
Q: Can you explain your artistic process?
A: For my process it always starts with a doodle in my sketchbook, if I like it a lot or see potential in it I grab a wood panel or a canvas and spray and acrylic paint and get down. I usually play music to get excited but work careful and slow to not make bad mistakes. I am becoming a perfectionist with my art. The more I paint the more perfect I need my lines to look like and it always makes a huge difference when you fix something you did wrong rather than when you did it perfect from the beginning.
Q: What are your favorite things to do in Phoenix on your free time?
A: Create. I am always drawing. I also like to eat out, ride my bike, pet animals, read, and hang out with friends, but mainly, any time I have free time I use it to be creative.
Q: Where can we go to see your art?
A: Currently I have my work at Melt, (ice-cream shop on 5th St and Roosevelt St) and also at Nami, the vegan ice-cream shop. And this First Friday, May 1, I will have a new collection of artwork at The Lost Leaf on 5th St and Roosevelt as well.