What made you decide to paint? All my life I have felt the need to create. I received some canvases as a birthday gift a few of years ago and this prompted me to start experimenting with larger scale pieces, different mediums, different concepts and it has completely transformed the way I now approach art.
Did you study art or is it inherent? My mum is an artist so I guess its in my blood.
How would you describe Ane Alfeiran? Inventive, practical, outgoing, passionate, optimistic.
Are you trying to send a message through your art or is it purely for inspiration? I like my work to be purely inspirational and without explanation. My work is always an expression of my mind – I try to depict emotions, passions and dreams and I hope my art has an emotional impact on people when they spend time with it.
What kind of art hangs on the walls of your home? One thing about Hong Kong is that apartments are usually tiny shoeboxes. At the moment my home has some of my art hanging, a few pieces by Max Zorn, some by my mum Isabel Corral, and artisanal work from different places I’ve visited such as Indonesia, Cambodia, and Peru.
What influences you as an artist? Everything, inspiration comes at any time through different things, people, music, dreams, emotions.
Do you remember the first piece of art that captured your imagination? I must have been around 10 years old when I saw the Crucifixion of Jesus, by El Greco at the Sumaya Museum in Mexico City, I remember looking at it and understanding that there is no universal truth, everyone sees and represents the world differently.
Is there any reality behind the characters in your paintings or are they purely fantasy? They are mostly fantasy – each piece has an emotion, a story made up of who I am, what I am feeling and who I see around me.
How do you define success? Being able to do what makes you happy.
Your work reminds me of Basquiat, is he a big influence for you? Very much so, I am constantly inspired by his work.
How would you like to be seen as an artist years from now? I hope I am creating amazing innovative unique work that gives people a lot of pleasure.
If you could have dinner with 3 artists living/dead who would be at your table? Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Tim Burton.
Name three things you can’t live without in your studio? Music, my sketchbooks and some inspiration.
Are you active on social media, if so how can one find you?Yes definitely, you can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as Anealfeiran.