Instagram: @yadiiart

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

My name is Yadi Liu. I am an NYC based visual artist who came from Sichuan, China. In my sophomore year, a commission from VOGUE made me decide to become an illustrator. Then after years of building my artistic voice, I came to the United States to study at FIT and have been making art and living there since then.

我的名字叫刘亚迪,来自中国四川,是一名目前居住在纽约的视觉艺术家。 在大二时的一次为VOGUE画插画的契机,使我决定成为一名插画师。 经过几年的积累,我慢慢找到了属于自己的艺术语言。 然后来到美国的纽约时装学院念研究生,直到现在我还继续在这里工作和生活。

2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

My abstract style is characterized by curvy shapes and strong, vibrant colors. I am passionate about finding the optimum balance between illustration and Modern Art. I genuinely believe that real art only comes from honest feelings. I have been trying to record my emotions and explore the truth of life through art. I use my female perspective to explore and understand the beauty of women. In my opinion, women are like water. They can softly nourish the land; they can be strong enough to destroy obstacles and reflect a beautiful fantasy. I made that flexibility as fluid shapes, blending with stunning curves in my art.

我的艺术风格主要是曲线的形状结合鲜艳的色彩。 我热衷于在插图和现代艺术之间找到最佳的平衡,并坚信好的艺术只能来自真实的感受。 我一直在尝试记录自己的情感,并通过艺术去探索生活的真相。 我喜欢用女性的视角去感受女性的美。 在我看来,女人就像水,她们可以温柔地滋养土地,也可以强大到足以摧毁任何的障碍,还可以映射出虚幻的美丽。 我将这些灵动性转换为流畅而弯曲的形状,融合在了我的艺术作品中。

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I love the chalk pastel and vector pen tool of PS or AI. The chalk pastel gives me a sensation of touch and allows me to express my emotions more delicately and energetically. Not only does pastel gives me the freedom to vent my feelings on the paper, but it also stimulates my senses, especially when it sometimes breaks as if this results from the conflicts in my art. And I also enjoy adjusting the pen tool when I am working on my digital image. It makes me really dig into the shape of beauty without thinking about anything else.

我最喜欢的媒介是色粉笔和矢量钢笔工具。 色粉笔给我一种独有的触感,使我能够更加细腻或有力地表达自己的情感,不仅能让我自由地在纸上释放情绪,同时能激发我的感官,尤其是当太过用力而断裂的时候,更能反映到我的作品里。 而我画电脑插图时,我很享受用钢笔工具调整形状的时候, 它使我只用单纯地体会几何的美,而无需思考任何事情。

4. What is your artistic process like?

I make the mood board and palette first, depending on the project type. Then, I draw the sketch on my Ipad Pro. After that, I airdrop my sketch to my computer for the digital work creation.

我会先根据不同的项目制作灵感板和颜色板,然后在我的Ipad Pro上设计草图,最后发送到电脑上进行插画创作。

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

My inspirations come from many different aspects, including womanhood, dreams, and relationships. These aspects have constructed a woman’s self-consciousness and connection to the world.

我的灵感来自不同方面,包括女性,梦境和亲密关系。 这些方面构成了女性的自我意识和与世界的联系。

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Art plays a significant role in my life. It gives me the ability to transform emotions into physical work. What’s more interesting is that art and life strengthen each other. Through art, I can experience the real world more sensitively. I can also convert different situations in life into art. For example, through the eyes of art, people can find the beauty in sad things.  The accompany of art has been adding more dimensions and experiences into my life.


7. Where did you study?

I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with an MFA degree in illustration. I did my undergraduate study at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in China.


8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I will continue to work on illustration and create more works, doing more projects related to editorial, advertising, branding, and murals. I will also combine graphic design with illustrations to explore more possibilities of using my artistic voice in different forms.


9. What about in ten?

I will turn to the field of Fine Art but will still be making illustrations. I would love to try something more related to pure abstraction and self-expression.


10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

By continually knowing from myself, I keep exploring and do artworks that can always represent “me” as I grow up.


11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Salmon sashimi and Spicy hop-pot!


12. Favourite book?

White by Kenya Hara.


13. Favourite genre of music? 

Too many of them, as I kinda love everything. But recently I listen to a lot of Lo-fi Hip-hop music when I’m working. So chill and relaxing.

太多了,其实每一种风格的音乐我都很喜欢。 不过最近我在工作时非常喜欢听Lo-fi Hiphop音乐,感觉很放松。

14. What are your hobbies? 

Go to museums or galleries. Or reading something about history and philosophy.

去博物馆或美术馆。 或读一些历史和哲学相关的书。

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Honestly, I can’t live without art. I would definitely be a curator at a museum.  I really enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by art. Even if I cannot become an artist, I hope that the beautiful art can be seen by more people and kept immortal.