Behind the Paint: Yai Cecream Q & A

By Amy Aguirre

Mural by Yai Cecream located on Fifth Street and Garfield

Mural by Yai Cecream located on Fifth and Garfield streets. Photo 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.

Yai on the cover of Java Magazine

Yai on the cover of Java Magazine. Cover photo by Enrique Garcia. Click on the photo to visit the original source.

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.

A closer view of Yai Cecream’s mural on Fifth Street and Garfield.

A closer view of Yai Cecream’s mural on Fifth and Garfield streets. Photo by Amy Aguirre.

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.

Mural currently in progress on 7th and Pierce Street in the parking lot of Palabra.

Mural currently in progress on 7th and Pierce streets in the parking lot of Palabra. Photo by Amy Aguirre.

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.

Photo by Amy Aguirre

Located on Fifth and Garfield streets. Photo by Amy Aguirre.

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