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Alayna Magnan was born in Arizona with a pencil in one hand and a sketchbook in the other (at least that's what her mother claims). Her aesthetics ideals were shaped early on thanks to Barbie Dolls and Disney Princesses. By the age of nine, she had already owned and operated several successful front yard boutiques, specializing in everything from hand-crafted jewelry and handbags to custom puff-painted t shirts. After winning the Promising Young Artist Award along with academic and talent scholarships in her Colorado high school, she was recruited by the College of Santa Fe's art department. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Studio Art from CSF where she studied everything from fine art and graphic design to advertising and marketing. In 2003 she decided to say good-bye to the turquoise infiltrated state of New Mexico and trade in the cowboy landscapes surrounding her in search of swimming pools and movie stars. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she works in advertising, teaches art to children, and shows her recent watercolor “sexy bitches” on a regular basis in various galleries and shoppes in Southern California.
Alayna’s style influences are rather apparent and consist of comic books, tattoos, fashion, graffiti, and of course, pin-up girls. She works primarily with watercolors and ink, but also uses a variety of other media in each piece (such as gouache, colored pencils, markers, acrylic, and textiles). Her specialty subject matter is figures and portraits that are created with heavy emphasis on lines and curves (specifically the lines and curves of the female form). Although scantily clad and usually sexually suggestive, Alayna’s vixens portray positive feminine empowerment and embody certain idealistic qualities that both men and women are drawn to. The exaggerated features of her characters achieve the look that women spend thousands trying to emulate. Continually and constantly studying the human form, Alayna is confident that her figures and portraits capture the inner beauty, strength, individuality, sex appeal, and undisputed attitude of young women today. She’s equally confident that her two-dimensional starlets capture the undivided attention of their viewing audience.
Artistic Influences: Takashi Murakami, Katsuya Terada, Hajime Sorayama, Junko Mizuno, Ashley Wood, Alberto Vargas, George Petty, Olivia De Berardinis, Glenn Barr, Walt Disney, and so many more.
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