This week’s New Jersey-based featured artist Yetzenia Leiva creates silly yet beautiful pieces. She populates her store with colorful animals, flowers, and more. Read below to learn more about this wonderful BoomBoom Prints artist!
BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!
Yetzenia: Ever-changing, bold, colorful, sweet, and whimsical.
BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!
Yetzenia: Recently, I’ve been very into the work of Misaki Kawai. Her art is super bright, colorful, and funny. I really love art with humor.
BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?
Yetzenia: Yes, I went to School of Visual Art for a year. Then I attended and received my BFA from Rutgers. In my education, I learned sculpture, painting, drawing, and digital art making.
BBP: When did you start designing/creating? Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?
Yetzenia: I’ve been art making since kindergarten and I continue to do so because I love it so much. I create something – be it sketch or painting – everyday. I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.
BBP: How has your style changed since you started?
Yetzenia: My art style has changed vastly over the years. It all heavily depends on what I’m using to make art. Currently, for BBP – I found a brush for Photoshop that mimics crayons. I’ve been having a blast with it!
BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?
Yetzenia: The coolest place I’ve been to is definately Japan! The street of Harajuku is magnificently colorful and cute!
BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?
Yetzenia: I create most of my art in my studio. I’m still in the process of getting it together, but I have all the essentials so far (table, lights, and materials) to be able to create.
BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?
Yetzenia: Not at the moment, I’m more interested in traveling and making art.
BBP: Do you have any pets?
Yetzenia: No pets, but I’d love to have a doggy friend in the future.
BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?
Yetzenia: They were not into art.
BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?
Yetzenia: Reading, playing Zelda or Pokemon on the Gameboy, and of course making art!
BBP: What did your room look like growing up?
Yetzenia: I didn’t have a room of my own until I was able to afford one myself. Surprisingly, my walls were mostly empty. Now, I hang up some of my paintings.
BBP: Favorite song?
Yetzenia: Gatekeeper by Feist.
BBP: Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?
Yetzenia: My husband. We would just hang out and be on vacation.
BBP: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do instead?
Yetzenia: I think I would have tried to become a botanist. I’m really interested in plants and fungi and their medicinal usefulness. I do my own research, reading articles and such for fun. When in a new location, I’m more interested in visiting botanical gardens then I am looking at art museums!
BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?
Yetzenia: Lake. Pools are gross and oceans are too cold and violent. Lakes are chill.
BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?
Yetzenia: I haven’t made a popover or a croissant yet.
BBP: Sunglasses or hats?
BBP: Sweet or savory?
BBP: Dogs or cats?
Check out more of her work here!