Latin American Ilustracion: Andrea Ceballos Garca

By David Schonauer   Wednesday September 2, 2015

“I always felt a deep desire to know Mexico,” says Andrea Ceballos García.

Born and raised in Spain, Ceballos grew up hearing stories about Mexico from her grandmother, whose own parents had migrated from Europe to Latin America to seek their fortune. Ceballos’s grandmother was born in Mexico City in 1923 and later returned to Spain, and the stories she told about her early life left an indelible mark.

“I grew up asserting that someday I would tread the land that gave birth to my grandmother,” Ceballos says.

Her dream came true during through a university scholarship that allowed her to live in Merida, Yucatan, for eight months in 2012 and 2013. “From the first moment I stepped on that land, I felt like its history and culture — the architecture, the people, the traditions, the flavors and colors — were rooted in the depths of my being,” she says.

Along with an interest in Mexico, Ceballos grew up with a passion for drawing, painting and illustration. “During my student days, I started using digital technology and I experienced a new way to illustrate,” she says. “Through my artwork, I share stories, feelings and experiences. At first I started doing it with family and friends, and it gradually became a way of life. Since then, day after day, my illustrations have accompanied my life experiences.”

Her enthusiasm for art and ardor for Mexico came together when she created an illustration titled “La Chamana,” a colorful portrait of a Mayan shaman woman. The personal, self-promotional piece, part of a series called "La española mexicana," was later named a winner of the Latin American Ilustracion 3  contest.

Ceballos,who also goes by the named Andrea Kushisha, says the illustration pays hommage to the ancient traditions of Latin America—“to ancestral practices, indigenous women and the old wisdom of the Mayan culture.”

Below and at top are other examples of Ceballos’s Mexico-inspired art:

“For me, it is essential to bring spontaneity and a humanizing spirit to digital art,” Ceballos says. Her LAI-winning piece  is characterized by its simplicity and minimalism. “The intensity of the contrasting colors on a dark plain background gives maximum importance to the figure of the shaman,” she adds. “The figure of the shaman was done in freehand on the touchpad of a laptop. The color and irregular lines are part of my technique. Through them I reflect my own philosophy of life. I consider the mistakes and imperfections of human beings to be beautiful. I find a total acceptance of what arises spontaneously without having to correct minor errors and imperfections that may arise as I create a piece. I my view, they are part of the essence and personality of the artwork.”


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