Exhibitionists: Daniella Manini

We’re excited to introduce Exhibitionists, a new KTV blog feature for visual artists (except photographers, since we already have Auditorium for them). Here we’ll ask 5 questions to all kinds of awesome artists, we’ll feature a song that represents their art, and then showcase a gallery of their recent or most favorite works. We’re looking forward to learning more about all the talented people we know are out there. If you’re one of them, be sure to drop us a line introducing yourself and your art. Submitting your work through Tumblr is now the best way to reach us, but all the regular ways are still good too (these are listed at the bottom of this post). 

Now, without further adieu, introducing: Daniella Manini. 

Daniella was raised in Lima, Peru and has been working on her art since the age of 8. She came to California “with no clear intentions or means to survive,” after learning that advertising agencies were not going to do it for her creative ambitions. She has been an artist-for-hire of all sorts, but currently she is a Graphic Artist for Billabong Girls, in addition to continuing to work on her own art projects. 

1.) Who are your top 3 artistic influencers?

I would have to say my parents were my top artistic influencers growing up. I have very clear memories as a young kid opening gouache jars at my mom’s office space where she used to be a drafter. My dad owned a paper company, and he used to bring me pantone books that I used to think of as my little treasures. Graphic Art from the late ’50s to the late ’70s is a big influence on me, too, all over the world. I find It really inspiring. Bob Marley has been a huge influence on me as well.

2.) Where do you create your art?

I have a garage studio. I also have a little office at my house, and my other office at work. 

3.) How much time do you typically spend on each piece?

It’s all relative, really. It could take anywhere from 20 minutes to 20 days or so. Sometimes I have found myself drawing something really quick and I’m like, “This is done.” Sometimes I can spend days in the garage just trying, painting, repainting, going to the art store, coming back, cutting, staining wood, organizing… it depends on the piece. Sometimes I may have just found a doodle on a piece of paper I was drawing while on the phone one day, and I just go to the computer and boom, it’s done. Sometimes I want to try something new, and I have to f* up many times until I learn the technique on how to do it. 

4.) What mediums do you work in?

Everything around is a medium. I enjoy using gouache, acrylic, markers, mechanical pencils, spray paint, sharpies, colors, paper, old books, book covers, wood, random found objects, surfboards etc.

5.) Do you have any advice for young artists?

To have fun and really let go of any judgement to yourself, and just enjoy. To feel it and feel the love that comes from you. To be careless about the rest and just enjoy creating. To be curious and resourceful. Try to get rid of clutter, either on your computer or studio or workspace because it blocks the creative flow, to be organized (in your own way), to be open to criticism, it challenges you to learn more. And also to trust your intuition. 

(These are composites of two separate vertical pieces)

(These are composites of two separate vertical pieces)

(These are composites of a vertical piece and a picture of hand-carved stamps)

Check out more of Daniella’s work on her website here: www.daniellamanini.com

If you’re an artist and want to be featured in Exhibitionists, submit your work through Tumblr. You can also connect with us by dropping us a line in the comments section here, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or info korduroy dot tv. 

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