Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyzia Wint.
Kyzia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been drawing my whole life. When I was younger, I actually wanted to be a wedding dress designer. I love fashion, and beauty and have always been inspired by dope ass women. Around my senior year of high school, I realized how expensive it was to go to an art school, so I settled for a four-year college and told myself I’d minor in art with a focus is graphic design. But after my sophomore year, I decided to change my minor to marketing. My junior year, I got a job at my school doing graphic design and loved it. But, eventually, I grew bored and felt like I had no room to express myself or to create how I want to create, so I started doing digital illustrations, fell in love with it and have been doing it ever since.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My creative journey has been a long one. I went from wanting to pursue fashion design to blogging, to graphic design and now, digital illustration. I always knew that I wanted to pursue something in the creative field I didn’t know what. I spent most of my college years trying to figure it out. For anyone trying to pursue a creative career but don’t know where to start, I would suggest just trying them all and see which one leaves you feeling the most fulfilled or inspired.
Pursuing anything in the creative field is scary. I want you to know that it’s filled with loads of self-doubt, anxiety, the “am I really doing this shit right now”, and the constant judgment you feel from elders when you tell them what your pursuing. Unfortunately, we still have to face the negative stigmas that come with being an artist.
But, being able to connect with people through art is amazing. Every time someone tells me my work gives them a feeling of nostalgia or they feel connected to it, amazes me. I want to tell my story and the story of the badass boss ass black women I see every day. When I was younger, I spent so much time daydreaming and wondering what other people’s lives were like. Growing up in New York, I was always captivated and inspired by the black and brown people around me. Hustlers through and through. Being black to me has always been beautiful but the media doesn’t display that. I want people to see what I see. And because of that, being an artist is worth it, well, to me, it is.
Find your passion, find what moves you, inspires you, tell a story, create a story, there’s no limit when it comes to art.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a digital illustrator who focuses on fashion and lifestyle of modern day black women. I am proud of how my work translates to others. As an artist, you want people to feel some sort of connection or relation to your work. What sets me apart from others, I honestly don’t know. I think most women feel like my art in them, which it is. It’s crazy how we’re all more alike than we know.
For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
In the creative field, I do believe women have a lot of opportunities. We are creative, innovative and have cool angles and perspectives. We have more a voice and if there isn’t a seat at the table for us, we create one.
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- Website: kysmoments.com
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