We had the good fortune of connecting with Yanis Zambeis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yanis, why did you pursue a creative career?
Having been an artist for as long as I can remember it naturally appealed to me, the concept of doing art for a living. For a long time I wanted to draw comic books so illustration was my primary focus, but I also liked weird and surreal art. That became a big part of the body of work I create especially since its what got a lot of people’s attention. Finding this as a possible direction for my art I went with it, which worked out because its the most relaxing part of art for me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I do what I like to call subconscious surrealism, sounds clever to me so I stick with it. I will just just start making a quick sketch nothing in particular with no particular motive or goal, once I get some random line work down I will build on it with my ink pens. I like to start a lot of my work in public events so people will always ask what I’m drawing or what meaning is behind it and my answer is always “I don’t know”. I like people to come up with their own meaning behind my work. Best representation of my style would be my scroll that I have been working on for the past few years on and off that stretches 30 feet long. I had to construct a isle out of pvc and rollers to easily roll it from start to finish. This way I can use to display and also work on it any where I want. I’ve taken a break though from that right now. I am currently focused on some fun parody, I recreate classic and not so classic retro films by making everyone a Llama hybrid person. Basically anthropomorphic llamas. Overall when it comes to my art all that I care is that I enjoy what I make and hopefully people do too. I don’t think anything is ever actually easy, you always got to start somewhere and work you way up. My challenge I feel is communication, having to sell yourself in a way to sell your art is difficult for me. One of the reasons I like to do live drawing, because it helps to get people engaged and asking questions. My best advise to anyone is overcome your discomfort with speaking to people.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a few people I would definitely like to credit. My good friend and sister from another mister, TAG Fatale. She has always pushed me to go more public with my art. She has always provided tons of support and encouragement. Also Nathan Cartwright, who gave my art a home at the Hive Gallery. He has been a huge support and mentor in my journey in the art world. Most of all, my wife. After my Mom, she has always been my biggest supporter.