Aurélia Durand’s illustrations are informed by color and pattern. Working as a graphic artist, her art isn’t restricted to pen and paper (or computer and Photoshop) and it includes anything from illustration and animation to acrylic paintings.
Centered around African men and women, her artwork explores questions of identity in a world that’s fast-paced and evolving. As such, her creations have a vitality to them that is further enhanced by the choices of bright, eye-popping colors. It’s a vitality that has caught the attention of brands as big as Adobe, Instagram, Tinder, and Refinery 29.
In an interview with African Digital Art, Durand described her artistic passion in religious terms, stating that art came as a revelation of sorts. “It started when I entered a pre-art school just after high school,” she recalled. “It was a revelation for me. In this place, I experimented all kinds of art drawings, paintings, sculpture, and product design.”
“I was studying in Paris which is the best place to study art; there are many museums, galleries, and events,” she went on to explain. “In school, I studied the history of art, I was fascinated by contemporary art.”
It was this fascination that pushed her to where she is today. Here are some highlights from her Instagram page.