María Sol Mancini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Sunrise, Florida. She's won a Gold Key in Scholastics in 20__ and has been featured in several small galleries and shows in South Florida. She is currently attending Watkins College of Art in Nashville as an Illustration Major and hopes to work in the editorial and licencing fields.
- Where did you study?
I began seriously studying art at Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale. I was in the Visual Arts program, and the staff there not only taught the students technique and how to put yourself on the map, but always enforced the question "How can I make this idea mine?" After graduation, I went immediately to Watkins College of Art.
- How did you start art?
I've been drawing since I was extremely young like any other artist, and since then I just accepted that it came naturally to me. My parents were very encouraging of this and helped me with steps toward the right direction.
- Who are your influencers?
I lean more towards semi-realism with decorative elements for space. I was inspired by Takeshi Obata, Junji Ito, and Honyalala when I was younger, now I'm looking more towards Mucha, Patrick Nagel, and Victo Ngai. I also look at films for inspiration on color and scene composition, especially Wes Anderson and many thrillers. However, anyone's biggest influence is always what they covet every day. My artwork leans toward bright colors and nature because I grew up in South Florida with an outgoing family, while someone in Chicago might focus more on geometric shapes and muted tones.
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