Art is a way of survival for me, which is why I am working on basing my career around it.

Name: Chella Man

Current City: Manhattan, New York

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA

Currently reading: Diane Arbus’ Biography

Currently listening to: AM : Arctic Monkeys




 A little about yourself, where you are from, and what you do. What are you studying?

I am currently at The New School for their dual degree program. I attend Parsons for Design and Technology and am undecided for my major at Eugene Lang. Art is a way of survival for me, which is why I am working on basing my career around it. I paint and sell art and am currently working on painting jean jackets for a fashion show associated with Columbia University.

 Has your background played any role in your current artistic expression?

Yes, I was born deaf, and use a lot of the experiences I have from this to fuel my art.

 What aspects, growing up, affected you the most in terms of how you express yourself now.

I come from an extremely conservative/narrow-minded area, which forced my personality into a shell for a few years. Now that I am located in New York City; I am able to be completely myself.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Acrylic Paint or Black Sharpies

When did you first start making illustrations like the ones we find on your instagram, ChellamanArt?

I began creating art in the style I have reached around 14 years old.

 Who is someone you would consider a creative influence for you?

Zio Ziegler or Picasso

What is the oddest thing you find inspiration in?

I find myself analyzing the way light hits one’s face at random times throughout the day, which inspires my art.

 Did any specific artist influence your style of work?

Pablo Picasso, but what artist hasn’t been inspired by him

How would you describe your personal style? What’s the oldest piece of clothing you own?

I would say I dress like a little boy, and I am trying to actively change that. The oldest piece of clothing I own is my Hard Rock Cafe shirt my Dad gave me.

 Favorite subject or person to watch, read, or study?

I have no favorite; the people I am inspired by are constantly changing.

Which projects are you working on, or plan on working on in the future?

 I am working on a project involving a projector [and] my art. A lot of big things are coming up; be on the lookout.