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Chyna Mae

Chyna Mae

Artist Work

Island in the Sun
2016
Acrylic
36x54 or 12x18

Artist Information

County
Howard County
Phone
4439625941
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I love the concept of art because the delivery of visual communication can be understood regardless of language barriers. From simple to complex, art is everywhere and is whatever you make of it. I love to take a subject matter and turn it into something I feel. I am an artist who is also a deeply empathetic person. When I paint a portrait of someone I use colors that display their emotions not the color of their skin. I personally love to use bright or neon colors because the color sensation always makes me happy. My artistic styles range on a broad spectrum from abstract, realistic, whimsical & beyond. My artwork revolves around color theory, illusions and conveying emotions. My work ranges from all mediums from paintings, video documentaries, graphic design, sculptures & much more. It’s hard for me to pick just one medium because the style or textures I want to achieve is not easily done with only one. Even my graphic design involves my paintings sometimes as a base design. I don’t just interpret my subject matter I listen, feel, learn & understand what it is and what I want it to become. I thoroughly analyze everything I take on and if I don’t know, I research or teach myself to become an expert in any situation. I love to leave my audience hypnotized and curious of what the deeper meaning could be. Growing up, I’ve had a rough, almost unbearable life of facing many hardships that forced me to grow up early & almost lose everything. The only thing that kept me alive today is being inspired by music and being able to release my emotions into my art. Art helps me live by having a way to escape my current woes, relieve stress & become whole again. With everything I suffered I always try to remain optimistic and never give up. As many great artists quote variations in their music, “what does not kill me, makes me stronger,” German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.

Artist Bio

Chyna Mae was born 6/29/1992 in Columbia, MD and she always knew she wanted to be an artist. She is a self-taught artist that learned painting and graphic design. At the age of five, Chyna started competing in art shows and by the age of 12 she was selling custom paintings. Her talents developed in high school, and through her participation in lessons from professional artists, workshops and her enrollment in a pre-college program at Mica. Musician and teacher, Damon Foreman hired Chyna for cleaning services at 16 and later hired her as a graphic artist after seeing her paintings to designed his album cover and create advertisements at his music academy. Her portfolio in high school and college received multiple awards and certificates. Chyna has been recognized by many organizations, including: Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), State Official Governor O’Malley, MICA, and SCAD for her portfolio. She continues to obtain college degrees and certificates today. ​