Kris Lata

Kristina is an incredible Lithuanian artist  !! She has been living for 12 years now in Spain! 

How would you describe yourself?

Oh my, it´s one of the most difficult questions for me. I think, I am perfectionist, so sometimes I can be really harsh on myself and the people around me. Also I am strong nature and animal lover, thanks to my parents. They have taught me that every little being has his own place. I also can describe me as a sensitive introvert, what I wouldn´t say I would transform it into a drawing.

"Grow" - Wonderful art from Kris Lata

How would you describe your art?

I am a graphic designer who loves to draw, so I like to experiment and try new things because this field is constantly changing. Therefore my art is a mix of techniques and styles between watercolor botanical drawing, minimal, elegant digital illustration, graphic design and currently typography art, it´s a new thing I´m trying right now. But the main topic in my almost every work is a female figure in connection with the nature.

How would you describe your field?

Artistic field in general is not easy, because the term ¨art¨ is quiet subjective and underrated. And if we talk about graphic design and illustration, as I mentioned before, it´s constantly changing, new styles, new trends and how and where we use it has changed in the last few years quite a bit. Also because of the infinite recourses that we have the world of creativity become a path that never ends.

What do you want to say through your art?

I think that a human being is strongly connected with the nature. So in my art using few graphic elements I try to create this connection. I usually represent a female figure as a symbol of all human kind adding some botanical details. For a decades the human kind was destroying and contaminating all around him, so in delicate and minimal style I try to show how we depend on each other and how fragile we are, and as we I refer the person and the nature.

What / Who inspires you?

I always find inspiration being in the nature, I live near the sea and the mountains, so when I need to clear my head or I feel stuck, I do a little break and find escape there. And in the everyday life I get inspired by books, movies, people, photos, simple daily objects and off course other creatives and artists. I will always remember the words of my typography professor, when I just begun studying graphic design, she said: ¨from now on the perception of every little thing that you will see, a poster, a letter, a drawing, a cereal packaging, will change¨. And this was the moment of before and after. So, I think, that the nature of every little object can inspire you.

Does your work comment on your social or political issues?

I think so. I celebrate female power, self-love, freedom, equality. I also emphasize the problems that we put on our planet. It was a pleasure to participate in a challenge Our Planet Week hosted by a group of wonderful illustrators to raise awareness about the current state of our planet through art. And yes, I think that art is also a powerful language that can brake boundaries and make a social or political statement.

"Planet Earth" - Wonderful illustration from Kris Lata
"St Valentine" - Beautiful illustration from Kris Lata

What obstacles have you faced?

Well, it has been a very long journey to get where I am now. I always liked to draw but after I finished a high school in Lithuania I started studying German philology because everybody around me told me that I won’t have much of an outlet with the artist specialization. So after the university I came to Spain to work as a volunteer. After a few years, when I have learned Spanish, I begun graphic design studies. And I was thrilled although I was working and studying at the same time. I finished and currently thinking of my next step as a creative.

The main obstacle that I see now is that the work of an artist is underestimated and sometimes people take advantage of creativity and talent. And another obstacle, I think, is common to most of the artist: is the feeling that you are not good enough and reach for the perfection.

What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?

I am not good at giving advices, but I would say be curious, practice and don´t give up. And of course make mistakes, because the learning process without mistakes is impossible. Every little sketch or drawing made every day will lead you somewhere. If you are not confident with your talent search for tutorials, there are a lot of people out there who are ready to help you. And also if you find some project or challenge, go for it. It helps to meet other artist, share your ideas and find some inspiration. And remember, every artist is struggling at some point, it´s the process of the creation.

On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?

My family, my friends, my followers. Sometimes I am harsh on myself so need a lot of encouragement and cheering from them.

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