Q&A with Analy Diego
This week on Blue Star Blog, we’re featuring local artist Analy Diego. Her colorful, geometric works of art are something that we can’t get enough of. Read through to learn more about her style, how motherhood has changed her art, and how you can get your own Analy Diego custom creation!
You have such an iconic style of work that’s instantly recognizable, how would you describe it, and how did it become your style?
My love for vector art started by accident. While teaching graphic design related courses at The Art Institute of San Antonio, I thought, why not use this graphic design software to create art? It had been a couple of years since I picked a paint brush (because, architecture school), and I was feeling a little frustrated and in need to create, so I did. That’s how it all started. Regarding the process, essentially, I use a tablet and a stylus pen to create my illustrations. Usually, I have one or more reference images, which I use to trace contours and small details. Once that is all done, I add many layers of color, patterns and shapes at different transparencies to add depth to my work. The one thing I believe separates my work from many other vector artists, is that I like to have some freedom with my lines when creating illustrations. The result is a less geometric, and if I may say, more realistic portrait.
People, places or things; what most inspires your art?
All of the above; Most of my vector illustrations portray people, places or objects that have somehow influenced my life. They are meticulously rendered, and as mentioned before, often incorporate bright colors and patterns, as well as expressive poses or angles which represent both personal and universal narratives. I see art as a reflection of society, which we can use as a tool to identify our own beliefs and views, our stories, and personal experiences. By deviating from traditional art tools, and using technology as my main medium, I try to prove that art can still be a part of the fast paced, evolving world we live in today.
You recently had your son, your first child – has becoming a mom impacted or changed your work at all, or how you view the importance of art?
My son has definitely allowed me to really understand the definition of “time management”, which has impacted my work in a good way. I now make sure that time spent either with family or creating art, is quality time. Surprisingly, I have become way more productive at work since I’ve had him. Also, as all moms can relate, having a child brings immense happiness (along with other feelings, such as sleepiness ha), and I believe this happiness has been reflected in my art ever since. My colors are brighter, my ideas are clearer and my vision is stronger because of him.
How can someone get an Analy Diego custom piece?
Easy, just email me and we can get started! email@example.com
And something we ask all our features guests…
Why do you think places like Blue Star are so important for local creative communities?
It is absolutely crucial for our society, especially nowadays, to have places like BlueStar. BlueStar offers everything we need to capture the essence of San Antonio! San Antonio residents and tourists alike get an opportunity to eat, drink, live, and experience art all in one complex, while having direct access to one of our most iconic destinations, The River Walk. How brilliant is that?
A Texas native, Analy Diego was introduced into the art world at a young age by her grandfather, a skilled caricaturist. She started painting with watercolor and oils at the age of six, and continues doing so until this day. Analy received a B.S. in Interior Design, graduating with Magna cum laude honors, as well as a Masters in Architecture from The University of Texas at San Antonio. While in school, she developed an acute attention to form and space associated with architecture. This refined her visual and analytical skills, thus strengthening her focus on the ties between art and design.
As an Architecture and Design instructor, Analy continues to expand her artistic knowledge through her teaching methods. She draws inspiration from different color theorists and architects, such as Josef Albers, Charles and Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright. However, references to contemporary subjects and current social issues frequently appear in her work. Her art has grown to include a wide variety of styles and mediums, ranging from ink drawings to graphic illustrations.