She is American: Interview With Vianca Colon
By Tehniyet Azam
Vianca ColÒn is a 16 year old sophomore at Kenmore East. She was born and raised in Buffalo. She has been very passionate about art since she was a baby. This includes finger paints, color pencils, markers, and crayons. She is very passionate about art. She dreams of having her paintings are displayed at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, and then one day she can see her art displayed in galleries in New York City. Vianca wants to become a language anthropologist when she graduates high school. She loves the world and wants to learn about different cultures and languages that people associate to. She is very passionate about a peaceful world and equal rights for the entire humanity. She has a very positive attitude towards the future of this world.
Vianca loves art with a passion, but was initially encouraged by her mother to purse it as her hobby. Upon painting on a regular basis three years ago, her mother bought her easel, canvas and paints.
Vianca states that social media inspired her to make the painting of a Muslim women praying in a US flag Hijab. After the 2016 Presidential Election, she has seen that the Muslim Women are very resilient and proud of expressing their American nationality. Retaliating against all the hatred and animosity as a reaction to the election helps the activists who are against the hatred. She said she was inspired by the women activists, as well as Muslim male and female artists.
When asked what her favorite part of the piece is, Vianca states, “I absolutely love that this women is so calm, beautiful and in a praying position and looking at that picture I feel somber, I feel calm and I feel relaxed.”
Her mother, Beatriz Flores, was asked that how she feels about Vianca’s passion for art and humanity. She said “I always encourage following her dreams and using her art to give voice to the things that she cares about. For her it’s always been about social justice. That makes me a proud mother/”
Vianca gave a message to her fellow artist who want to purse art as their hobby or as a career “No one is born to paint Mona Lisa; everyone starts off as an amateur, you just have to keep going forward no matter what, don’t let anything stop you or discourage you.”