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Meet Avia Rose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Avia Rose.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Coronado and raised in Chula Vista. My parents are pilots, which is actually where my name comes from (Aviation). Drawing and painting was always a hobby and something that kept me grounded, but my parents would often joke that I would end up going to the air force academy. I went to a private Christian school up until 8th grade, and my parents made me and my little brother go to Saint Rose of Lima, a Catholic church on H Street until I finished high school. My mother had a dog adopting problem, so growing up, I was surrounded by eight dogs. I like to think that explains my love for animals. Denying the fact that I wanted to do this whole painting this for a living, a majored in business my first year of college, which in fact taught me nothing and a suffered through a year of econ classes and business calc. Right now I am finishing up undergrad in studio arts with an emphasis in painting and sculpture. I would want to get a masters and will probably go to the east coast for that.

Please tell us about your art.
I make large scale paintings and life-size sculptures. These are usually self-portraits in some way or a reflection of myself, because all artists do this intentionally or unintentionally in my opinion, put themselves in their work. I take inspiration from my lost Catholic faith, as the imagery is so beautiful, as well as classical paintings from the Old Masters from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. A lot of my work is a coping mechanism for depression and suicidal thoughts, loss of religion, the uncomfort in my own body and life, and the effects of rape. I use to make this work just for myself, but I realized a lot of people my age and older find comfort in the rawness of it, now I want to make my work with the same themes but with the intention of letting people feel less alone.

I used to think people will never accept or understand my work, but just recently, I had my solo show with Weird Hues, and I finally felt accepted with my work and in this community.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
With social media, I think in that way it that become a little easier. If I am honest, I would like people in this community to be able to critique other people’s work. I think that will push each other and help us all thrive who are serious about our work.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have been very lucky to show my work pretty often, and I am very grateful for that. My next show will be at Color Theory Club III curated by Victoria Martinez at The Front in San Ysidro on June 14. I will be showing along with other artists. Other than that Instagram (@Piggish666) is pretty good to show work, I am a product of my generation, and it is easy to use. I also have a subpar website I know my original paintings can be pricey, but I also offer commissions where people can perhaps afford a little more. Owning a piece of work is fun, so I try to work within people’s budget.

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Image Credit:
Weird Hues

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