International Artistry: Ana Piñeiro and Blackboards
Ana Piñeiro is an artist and now a Ver Co collaborator – our capsule crossover collection will be available for purchase on July 5, featuring her hand-painted designs on our hand-picked vintage finds. Ver Co's Ariana DiValentino caught up with her to chat about art, her background, and all things stylish.
Ariana DiValentino: First off, some basics: how old are you and where do you live?
Ana Piñeiro: I’m 24 years old and I’m living in Connecticut, 50 minutes away from Manhattan.
AD: Where are you from? Can you tell me about your background?
AP: I’m originally from Mexico City, where I was born and where I grew up. My family is from Spain so I was raised in between the cultures of both countries, which I really like.
AD: What do you do and how did you get started?
AP: I’m an artist and a writer, but I also hold a major degree in International Relations.
I was always drawing or painting as long as I can remember, but It wasn’t until this year that I started focusing on my career as an artist. I decided that since I was living so close to New York, I should just try to do some paintings and see what happens.
AD: How would you describe your current artistic style? Who are your artistic influences?
AP: I would described my current artistic style as realistic, but with a twist. I like to paint objects to be perceived as something real, but I also play with the backgrounds, where I think all the magic actually takes place. My art is inspired by my personal experiences, mathematics, chemistry, physics, poetry, and music. I like to think that my paintings are like a person – most people will only see the main object, which would be the looks of someone, but there are many more things hidden on each of them if you look closer. I love Picaso, Kubin, Rubens, Kahlo and many others.
AD: What’s next in your career journey? What are your long term goals?
AP: I’m moving to Europe to study towards my master’s degree in Cultural Services. I think it would be awesome to mix my artistic and my international relations career. I would love to work for UNESCO or a cultural NGO one day.
I will also take this year to evolve as an artist, I have so many ideas in mind that I want to represent and transform into art, let’s say I’ll try to take my “blackboards art” to the next level. I can’t wait to be in my new studio with my brushes, my acrylics, my oils and my canvases to paint and improve as much as I can, because I know it will be really hard to get were I want to be.
Finally, I’m also working on the publication of my first novel and starting to write my second one. After this year, I’m definitely coming back to New York City, I would love to settle down here.
AD: What career advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
AP: I guess I could give myself a lot of advice, but if I could, I’d rather not. I think all that I’ve been through and all the mistakes I’ve made have made me become who I am today, and have also helped me understand and value a lot of things in life that I used to take for granted.
To be honest, I’ve never felt so lost in my life as I have this year. I was stuck and it was really hard not knowing exactly where to go, until I started doing what I love the most: creating. Doing art and writing are my passions and nothing makes me happier. I can’t express how thankful I am with life and the universe for all of what I’m experiencing right now. The fact that I’m selling my art in NYC to amazing people who really appreciate my work is still shocking me.
I have achieved so much in such a short period of time, that if I can give any advice to anyone reading this, I would say don’t be afraid of dreaming, don’t care about what people think of you, but most importantly, use your time to work hard to make those dreams come true, because if you don’t do it, no one else will do it for you.
AD: Now, fashion. Who are some of your style muses?
AP: I love Cara Delevinge’s style. I think it’s reckless, fun, and unique.
AD: What’s one word that sums up your fashion style, and why?
AP: “Diverse” definitely. I’m not scared of using something new or different, I think I just wear what I’d like to. If I want to go out with a pair of sneakers and a sweat shirt I do it, If I want to look really stylish I do it.
AD: What’s your favorite thing in your closet right now?
AP: A denim jacket that I can’t stop wearing. It goes well with everything and it’s super comfy and fun.
AD: For you, what's the relationship between fashion and art?
AP: I think there is fashion that is art. For me, a designer can definitely be an artist. It’s awesome that we can express ourselves in the way we dress.
AD: What’s your favorite vintage find?
AP: A good leather jacket.
AD: What’s the worst trend you've ever participated in?
AP: Haha. Too many. I would say when I used to cut my hair “emo” style. But let’s not talk too much about that.
AD: Are there any current Ver Co. pieces you're obsessed with?
AP: All of them! I think in a world full of “fast fashion,” we should all know that the fact that we can actually use vintage clothes and make them trendy is more than awesome.
Ariana DiValentino is Head of Social at Ver Co.