Angela Viens is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. Using a variety of different mediums in innovative approaches including oil, gold leaf, LED lighting, and video, Angela's work strives to heal and inspire. After years of experimentation, she fell in love with painting on mirror and today uses this medium as an expression to create an open narrative up to the viewer for interpretation. Angela’s vibrant paintings feature a distinct style of figurativism and surrealism. Her current body of work explores emotional narratives with intimate portraits as well as expressing abstractions of the natural world that capture divine spiritual energy.
Q: HOW DOES YOUR HERITAGE PLAY INTO YOUR CREATIVITY?
A: I am Mexican, Spanish, Puerto Rican and French who is third and fourth generation American. I love Salvador Dali - he is a major influence on my work. As well as Frida Kahlo. I love that I’m French as well - as we have a big appreciation for culture and high design. Being both Mexican and Latina, I am very very passionate and I feel that translates with all the vibrant colors I use.
Q: WHAT DOES BEING AN ARTIST MEAN TO YOU?
A: Being an artist is the greatest honor. It means being a channel for inspiration and ideas that surface that can benefit humanity once expressed visually in the physical realm. It’s a duty in a sense, yet the most fulfilling and enthralling process. There is nothing like creating a work that you are proud of - that feels so fresh. Or to be inspired. Or when a brilliant idea comes to you. The best is seeing and witnessing people who are impacted by your work. I’m so grateful I get to do this and my goal is to keep getting better and better while becoming more well known to both the masses and the art world elite.
Q: YOUR WORKS TEND TO BE OF MIXED MEDIA, DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE MEDIUM TO WORK WITH?
A: Yes - oil, oil and oil! I love painting with it. The way it blends and feels while painting is simply the best. Plus it’s stunning.
Q: WHEN DID YOU BEGIN TO PAINT ON MIRRORS?
A: Great question - 2014. I haven’t gone back to canvas ever since. It’s my favorite to work with, and I’m still as obsessed and in love with the surface as I was then. Feels meant to be.