Self-taught artist and graphic designer, Ayangbe Mannen has no qualms about mixing business with pleasure. Her Instagram feed is filled with a unique artistic style, capturing the beauty of the female form. Her passion for mixing watercolour, ink and her vivid imagination has drawn Mannen out of the confines of stereotypical artwork and led her to discover her unique style. A style that is memorable and fascinating.
We interviewed Mannen to get a peek into how she draws that strange paradox between beauty and chaos in her artwork.
Tell us a little bit about yourself – where you’re from, and what you do?
My name is Ayangbe Mannen. I am a self-taught artist from Nagaland and am currently based out of Delhi. I am also a freelance designer and illustrator. Most of my work, whether professionally or as my own creative expression, is an ongoing learning process.
How did you get started as an artist?
I have always loved to draw. I think a lot of it comes from seeing my mother paint. She’s a great artist. Later, I discovered the works of many great artists like Picasso and Van Gogh among others. I was mostly fascinated by surrealists like Max Ernst and Hans Bellmer.
How do you define your artistic style as?
I love painting the female form and nature. Most of my work, so far, is around these recurring themes even though the underlying ideas of the pieces may change. I look for inspiration in music, people, emotions, things happening around the world, you name it!
By using the female form repeatedly in my work, often naked or with minimal clothing, I am trying to break the way it is objectified in pop media – in the social world and in my own subconscious.
What do you wish to achieve through your art?
Personally, I have no solid goals. I want to continually learn and grow as an artist and do things I never thought of being possible. Professionally, I want to find a way in which I can make art that is touchable, usable and for everyone.
How can art enthusiasts reach out to you?
I mostly share my art on my Behance profile, website and on social media over Facebook and Instagram. I’ve also been part of a few group shows and art markets where people have been lovely enough to buy my work.
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