Amber Vittoria‘s art has never felt more relevant. Her illustrations celebrating femininity in all its honest variations—the leg hair, the sagging breasts and the ‘over-it’ expressions—have made Vittoria sought after subject for brand collaborations—from Adidas to 7 For All Mankind. Cultured tapped the artist to reinterpret our Winter cover, seen here.
When and how did you decide that you wanted to be an illustrator? Deciding which medium to work in was a significant challenge for me; the beauty of illustration is that some pieces can be in paint whilst others in ink. That freedom was a major factor in becoming an illustrator.
You have received recognition as a top young artist by several major publications this year. Has this attention changed the way you think of your art and creative process? The attention and acceptance towards my work is a step towards accepting women for who they are within society, which is truly wonderful.
What subject matter inspires your work?
Women are the source of my inspiration; from women I know and look up to in my life, to women I have the pleasure of passing by on the street.
You have built your career largely around celebrating and empowering femininity and the female form. How can the art world better empower female voices and vision?
If the art world began to showcase more female artists, women of color, and gender non-conforming individuals, our art history would be much more interesting and accurate.
Which artists and illustrators did you admire growing up? Jenny Saville, Dana Frankfort, George Condo and James Victore.
What exciting projects can we expect from you in the coming months? More explorative personal work and a few exciting brand/fashion collaborations!