Visual artist Kervin Andre has been drawing his whole life, but it wasn’t until about four years ago that he officially launched his career as a painter. Judging from the works that he’s been able to create, it’s obvious that the father of two and New Jersey resident has been a painter from birth. From his Akomics Art studio in The Garden State, he paints everything from still life portraits, to musical figures and historical scenes.
Kreyolicious: How do you deal with creative blocks?
I have yet to experience creative blocks. There are moments where it is hard to concentrate on just one canvas, so I am working on multiple ones because the ideas in my head are going much faster then my fingers can create them—but never a time where I cannot think of what to create. There are times where I cannot reproduce what I am seeing in my head to my standard…but no problems with inspiration at all.
Kreyolicious: Have you been to Haiti?
I was born and raised in Haiti. Since immigrating to the United States, I have gone back a few times, and hopefully more in the future. Lakay se lakay. [Home sweet home]
Kreyolicious: Do you think kids’ creativity can be hindered by technology as some experts claim?
There are many ways to be creative as long the child’s mind and imagination is constantly being challenged and stimulated. Rather than a hindrance, technology can actually enhance one’s imagination. So, no, with the right support, I do not see technology as an obstacle to a child’s creativity.
Kreyolicious: When you think back to your childhood, do you think teachers and peers contributed to the artist you are today?
My teachers, not at all. My uncle was the first person I noticed that was able to draw. I used to watch him draw in Haiti. I guess even though it was not anything like I am doing, I must have picked it up from him. He used to buy me Marvel comic books, and I used to try and recreate the characters. He was the person who exposed me to drawing.
Kreyolicious: How do you usually prepare for an art show?
It really depends on the theme or audience, but for the most part, I just bring my best work at the moment because I want to make sure I stand out and am remembered by the person viewing my art.
Kreyolicious: Out of all the pieces you’ve created, which one has been the most difficult?
I don’t know if difficulty is the word I would use per se, but perhaps challenging—as far as time-consuming and detail oriented. There are quite a few pieces, but two that definitely stand out to me right now are “Fall Of An Empire” and “The Battle Of Savannah.”
Kreyolicious: What’s your ideal work space?
I can honestly work anywhere. But I need no outside interruption. I just need my thoughts, canvas and paint, and my music.
Kreyolicious: What inspires your work?
Everything inspires me, from good to bad, happy to sad, negative to positive—the world inspires me. For me, art is a reflection of life. It is life, so everywhere I turn, I can find inspiration.
Kreyolicious: Five years from now, where do you see yourself?
Alive, and still enjoying my kids.