Chromatica 1 Year Anniversary - The Art of Being Queer

To celebrate a full year since the release of Chromatica we are taking a look back at some of our favourite features from this era.


Soft Horno


Artist Statement:

I'm an illustrator and graphic designer based in Buenos Aires. I left the artistic closet about four years ago and from that moment I draw everything I feel personified in bears.


Soft Horno

Instagram


Iúrio



Artist Statement:

Hello, my name is Iúrio, I'm 25 years old, and I'm a Brazilian illustrator.


I graduated in journalism two years ago, but I have always worked with graphic design and nowadays art has been my job beyond my greatest pleasure.


Three years ago I created a line of stationery products with prints inspired by the visuality of northeastern Brazil, where I live (Ceará) and today my drawings are printed from notepads to framed pictures. Some invitations to collaborate with printing and artistic exhibition projects have emerged and now I am not total unknow as I was a year ago.


I'm still starting my artistic journey, but I've already worked as a cartoonist and also as a fashion columnist on a local news portal. Journalism is restrictive with LGBTQ + people, it is a field that demands masculinity and heteronormativity from a male reporter.


I was happy to be able to act in the area of fashion news, which is a subject that I really appreciate, but I realized that in journalism they do not associate credibility with dense news called by men with effeminate performance like mine. My luck is that art embraces queer people.


I seek a lot of inspiration in music because the queer art looks more triumphant. Besides Gaga, I am very inspired by Arca and Bjork, I love them. Many musical styles affect me, they can call me a little monster and an army... And at Visual Arts my greatest references are Da Vinci, Frida and Van Gogh... I love the work of digital living artists like Moon (@moon_mxtr), Janice Sung (@janicesung) and Moy González (@moygogo).


In quarantine I was able to produce illustrations with social sensitivity and this generated very positive results. Many people started to follow and share my drawings.


I love to draw things that people like to reflect, have fun and even get emotional.


I really like to think that my work also inspires other people. I am self-taught in drawing, my hobby since childhood, it is gratifying to realize that it has become my job. I want to be able to take my art to as many people as possible and touch them with my work.


Iúrio

Instagram

Mario Martinez

Artist Statement:

Mario Martinez is a 21 year old aspiring artist from Long Island, New York. Mario has a great deal of interests but mainly focuses on influencers part of the LGBTQ+ community—especially those in the drag scene. He has gotten the opportunity to work with some queens from the Emmy award winning show, Rupaul’s Drag Race. Mario has worked with most media, but now primarily works on digital paintings. In late 2019 he opened his Etsy shop and has seen a quick growth in his business, with pieces shipping worldwide.


Mario Martinez

Instagram // Etsy


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