Q+A W/ Artist, Amber Vittoria
You know when you experience something once, then continue to hear or see it everywhere you go? This is the deal with Amber Vittoria. She is everywhere! Well, her amazing art that is.
Amber’s work has appeared on a mural in NYC, in the pages of the New York Times, and most recently, on a sweatshirt in collaboration with ethical clothing brand, Kotn. Her list of collaborators (impressively) includes Gucci, Atlantic Records, Condé Nast, and our friends at Man Repeller.
Amber is an artist based in New York City whose paintings and illustrations challenge stereotypes about women that exist in art, and beyond. She creates exaggerated, sometimes distorted, female forms that work to question and alter perspectives on what the ideal woman really looks like. She makes all of this work in beautiful, vibrant colors that offset her more serious subject matter.
Read on for our Q+A with Amber, and check out more of her art here.
by CHLOE.: Hi Amber! Thanks for chatting with us. Please introduce yourself.
Amber Vittoria: Hey! My name is Amber Vittoria, and I’m an illustrator living and working in New York City.
bC: Tell us about your path to becoming an artist! How long have you been painting and drawing?
AV: My brother and I would color and draw from a young age. Over time, my parents noticed how much we loved to make drawings and fill sketchbooks, they asked if we wanted to enroll in art classes outside of school. Eventually, my brother fell into loving science, but I continued to love making art. As I grew older, I realized it was one of the few things I enjoyed, regardless of the final outcome. I decided to pursue art in college and continue practicing into adulthood.
bC: Your work has clear intention, and concentrates on “the honest portrayal of women within art.” Talk to us about your inspiration- what has led you to be so focused in your art?
AV: Visiting art museums, galleries, and reading about art history, there was seldom artwork that I felt I could see myself in. Majority of the famous artists were male, and the depictions of women within their artworks were either overtly sexual, maternal, or a societal trope of the like. Because of this, I wanted to create work in which I could see myself.
bC: The way you portray femininity and the female form is refreshing and unique. What do you hope people gain or take away from your art?
AV: My aim is to create work that other women can see themselves in, to create work that generates conversation about the portrayal of women, equality, and intersectional feminism.
bC: Within the last year, you have gone freelance full-time. What has this transition been like?
AV: It has been incredibly exciting; minor shifts such as creating my own schedule, managing my income/taxes, and setting my own hours have all been new challenges that I enjoyed taking on.
bC: How is the artistic process different when you are creating work on commission versus when it is under your own direction?
AV: My process is pretty similar, with the only major difference being within the sketching round. For personal work, I work straight on the computer, then print the piece, then layer ink on top. With client work, I show contour sketches of the piece for approval before jumping in.
bC: Any words of wisdom for aspiring artists?
AV: Be kind to yourself.
bC: What can you be found doing when not making art? Any other hobbies or interests?
AV: I love cycling; I used to love running but have been nursing an ankle issue and pivoted to a less impact form of cardio, haha. I also enjoy eating new foods (unless it has nuts, dang adult-onset allergies!), going to new galleries, and listening to my partner, Dave, play piano.
3 objects you can’t live without? Drawing utencils, sketchbook, phone.
Favorite artist? Currently Cipe Pineles. I was fortunate to recently see some of her sketches from her glamour days at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT.
Last song you listened to? IDGAF by Dua Lipa.
Favorite place on earth? My parent’s home.
Whatcha readin’? The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson.
Savory or sweet? Savory.
Dream dinner guest? My grandmother.
If you could own any piece of art what would it be? Tough one, but anything by George Condo is what initially popped into my head.