Vanessa Baladad is a visual artist originally from Augusta, GA. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Augusta State University in 2009.
Vanessa likes working with all kinds of two-dimensional media, from watercolor, printmaking, and stenciling. Watercolor is her current medium of choice. She is always seeking out different ways to work and present these media in different ways. Experimenting, taking risks, and accepting accidents as part of the artwork are part of her process. Asian culture, especially pop culture, has been the biggest influence of her work. The subjects of her work are mostly figurative and are modeled after Asian celebrities, herself, or friends & family. She considers herself an “all around Asian”, taking influences from Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cultures. She likes to incorporate styles from graphic design, street art, music, Internet culture, as well as using inside jokes, puns, and wordplay.
Her work has been featured in shows around her hometown of Augusta, and in publications such as “Splash 14″, a yearly publication featuring the “best of” watercolor paintings from artists around the world. She currently lives in Duluth, GA with her husband and their eight… reptile pets.