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Afaf Khalil

Medium: Acrylics

Description:  Colorful Abtract Expressionism

Life is a journey, and a beautiful adventure. To me, Art is a mental and an emotional therapy. My greatest ambition is to contribute as much as I can to the community, and inspire individuals with hardships in their lives to overcome their struggle. I believe that as an artist I have a very precious gift to share with people and to connect with nature. As any individual, I have overcame many struggles even since my childhood, and adversities in life when I grew up, but as soon as I fall, I pick myself up and I’m back in the game. My friends and family have supported me and my talent to grow and succeed. I owe much of what I am today because of them. It is very important to understand that everyone on this planet has a beautiful talent inside of them, and we shouldn’t be scared to express it, no matter how people suppress it; Let it shine your way through, and eventually the people who once neglected us, will follow our bright path Q. What style do you prefer most and why? A. I prefer abstract expressionism, because I consider it as an escape and a detachment from the materialistic world we live in. It also, activates our imagination. We all need to see different places, try different food, practice new skills, and mostly be inspired by different art styles, all of which gives us a new taste of life instead of living a mundane routine life. Abstract Expressionism, is a pure form of expressing how I feel towards others and mostly myself. If I want to understand myself better, or my emotions, I automatically start painting. Q. Tell me more about your art style. A. My art style is derived from how I see the world, literally. I see a blurry image of the world if I take the glasses off my eyes. My art also reveals my psychological and philosophical way of interpreting the world around me. I don’t see lines, constraints in the physical world, I see interaction, interdependence, and harmony. My new series of art collection reflects that ideology. In my art, you wouldn’t see much lines nor shapes, rather vibrant colors, energy, and the vibrations that connects them together. Q. Who influenced your art style? A. I’m personally a fond of van Gogh style and Rembrandt. Both of these artist not only have sophisticated and yet a special way of bringing out the best of colors, but they also challenged the traditional way of the renaissance realism. Q. Who taught you art? Did you go to a professional school for art? A. No one taught me art, nor did I go to any school to learn art. Many believe that I have a special gift that they don’t have. On the contrary, I believe that we all have it, it just impersonates or expresses itself differently. We can also put it out that way; we don’t have different languages, we all mean the same words, but express them differently. Q. Where do you paint? Who sponsors your art supplies? A. I paint in my humble apartment. When I had a studio apartment, I split my Livingroom into an art studio and a bed, and now that I live in a one bedroom apartment, I sleep in the living room, and designate the room for making art. I sponsor my artwork through my full time job in the aerospace engineering field. It may sound big, but honestly, it’s a very ordinary office job just like any regular job. I don’t like office jobs, but since I was offered that position, I couldn’t refuse it, because if I did, I wouldn’t be able to rent a place to live in, nor would I be able to purchase any art supplies. That’s one of my biggest sacrifice I ever made for the purpose of making art. I find it very hard to save any money. Having paid the rent, bills, student loans debt, and monthly expenses, I would have few Hundreds of dollars, most of which goes to art supplies and the rest is spend of marketing it. Q. What is the biggest challenge that you face? And how do you overcome it? A. There are no challenges, anywhere. We just create them, to make life more interesting. If someone claims that they have a challenge in their life and they feel miserable about it (ex. being blind), it could flip their whole entire world around into being cynical about all there is. On the other hand, if someone else have the same “challenge” while being grateful and positive about it, it could inspire all who’s around him including himself. If you’d ask me that question when I was younger, I would say “My biggest challenge is my deformity in my fingers and toes, and that I overcome it by hiding it as much as I can from the public, because I felt embarrassed and humiliated”. However, that was my old mentality. Now that I interpret the world differently, everything around me started growing and nourishing to its roots. I embraced what I thought was a challenge, and I became much stronger. Even the people around me can feel my new powerful energy, and it inspires them. And that means that I not only overcame the struggle, but I help them overcome theirs as well. It was a very hard process, because the first person that I would have to make a dialogue with, is myself. And, when you finally can tune in and listen to yourself, you transform on a higher level of conscious.

Afaf Khalil

Medium: Acrylics

Description:  Colorful Abtract Expressionism

Life is a journey, and a beautiful adventure. To me, Art is a mental and an emotional therapy. My greatest ambition is to contribute as much as I can to the community, and inspire individuals with hardships in their lives to overcome their struggle. I believe that as an artist I have a very precious gift to share with people and to connect with nature. As any individual, I have overcame many struggles even since my childhood, and adversities in life when I grew up, but as soon as I fall, I pick myself up and I’m back in the game. My friends and family have supported me and my talent to grow and succeed. I owe much of what I am today because of them. It is very important to understand that everyone on this planet has a beautiful talent inside of them, and we shouldn’t be scared to express it, no matter how people suppress it; Let it shine your way through, and eventually the people who once neglected us, will follow our bright path Q. What style do you prefer most and why? A. I prefer abstract expressionism, because I consider it as an escape and a detachment from the materialistic world we live in. It also, activates our imagination. We all need to see different places, try different food, practice new skills, and mostly be inspired by different art styles, all of which gives us a new taste of life instead of living a mundane routine life. Abstract Expressionism, is a pure form of expressing how I feel towards others and mostly myself. If I want to understand myself better, or my emotions, I automatically start painting. Q. Tell me more about your art style. A. My art style is derived from how I see the world, literally. I see a blurry image of the world if I take the glasses off my eyes. My art also reveals my psychological and philosophical way of interpreting the world around me. I don’t see lines, constraints in the physical world, I see interaction, interdependence, and harmony. My new series of art collection reflects that ideology. In my art, you wouldn’t see much lines nor shapes, rather vibrant colors, energy, and the vibrations that connects them together. Q. Who influenced your art style? A. I’m personally a fond of van Gogh style and Rembrandt. Both of these artist not only have sophisticated and yet a special way of bringing out the best of colors, but they also challenged the traditional way of the renaissance realism. Q. Who taught you art? Did you go to a professional school for art? A. No one taught me art, nor did I go to any school to learn art. Many believe that I have a special gift that they don’t have. On the contrary, I believe that we all have it, it just impersonates or expresses itself differently. We can also put it out that way; we don’t have different languages, we all mean the same words, but express them differently. Q. Where do you paint? Who sponsors your art supplies? A. I paint in my humble apartment. When I had a studio apartment, I split my Livingroom into an art studio and a bed, and now that I live in a one bedroom apartment, I sleep in the living room, and designate the room for making art. I sponsor my artwork through my full time job in the aerospace engineering field. It may sound big, but honestly, it’s a very ordinary office job just like any regular job. I don’t like office jobs, but since I was offered that position, I couldn’t refuse it, because if I did, I wouldn’t be able to rent a place to live in, nor would I be able to purchase any art supplies. That’s one of my biggest sacrifice I ever made for the purpose of making art. I find it very hard to save any money. Having paid the rent, bills, student loans debt, and monthly expenses, I would have few Hundreds of dollars, most of which goes to art supplies and the rest is spend of marketing it. Q. What is the biggest challenge that you face? And how do you overcome it? A. There are no challenges, anywhere. We just create them, to make life more interesting. If someone claims that they have a challenge in their life and they feel miserable about it (ex. being blind), it could flip their whole entire world around into being cynical about all there is. On the other hand, if someone else have the same “challenge” while being grateful and positive about it, it could inspire all who’s around him including himself. If you’d ask me that question when I was younger, I would say “My biggest challenge is my deformity in my fingers and toes, and that I overcome it by hiding it as much as I can from the public, because I felt embarrassed and humiliated”. However, that was my old mentality. Now that I interpret the world differently, everything around me started growing and nourishing to its roots. I embraced what I thought was a challenge, and I became much stronger. Even the people around me can feel my new powerful energy, and it inspires them. And that means that I not only overcame the struggle, but I help them overcome theirs as well. It was a very hard process, because the first person that I would have to make a dialogue with, is myself. And, when you finally can tune in and listen to yourself, you transform on a higher level of conscious.

Tour Location: ArtSpace 1st Floor Weekend #2

Email: afafkhalilart@gmail.com

Website: www.afafkhalil.com

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