Vexta is the Sydney born, Mexico living street artist who brings her signature psychedelic kaleidoscope artwork to life in our latest Sportsgirl Beauty collaboration!
Now exploring the world, we sat down with the self-proclaimed ‘Neon Nomad’ to talk all things art, career & being true to yourself.
How would you define your art style?
My style is self-taught, fast and colorful much like the graffiti and street art I started out with. I like to bring together figurative elements, geometric shapes and fine details to create a type of visual poetry.
At what point did you realise this was something you wanted to do as a career?
In part I got lucky – I had been creating work on the streets for fun for a few years and then I started to be offered shows and collaborations and one day I decided to take that luck, give it my all and I never looked back. That was about 10 years ago.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find a lot of inspiration in nature, exploring and traveling. Listening to music and letting my imagination run wild. I love learning about deep space, quantum physics, and mythology as well.
You made the jump from Australia to Mexico – what made you want to make the move?
I wanted to see and travel the world making art. I actually moved to New York first – which I love, I’ve been living there for the last 7 years or so. Ive spent a lot of time visiting Mexico from New York so I decided to spend a year or two living in Tulum, because of its great creative community.
What were some challenges you faced in your career so far and how did you overcome them?
Being a woman in a male-dominated scene has been hard sometimes – it feels like you need to work twice as hard to get the same opportunities – so I will always stand up for equality for Women, POC and LGBTQ, until we have them. In the early days, my friends and I would organize our own all-female shows to increase our visibility.
Three women that inspire you and why – GO.
- Bjork – for her devotion to her practice, connection to nature and fusion of art and music
- Greta Thunberg – for standing up for what is right and showing the world that young women can be influential and smart.
- Frida Kahlo – for overcoming adversity, her style and her fearless approach to life & art.
What does being true to yourself mean to you?
It means knowing who I am and what is uniquely me. Checking in with myself to make sure something aligns with my sense of self before I do it and ultimately making what I want to see in the world.
You’ve had exhibitions in The National Gallery of Australia, Saatchi Gallery London, Banksy’s Cans Festival and more. Which have been your fave so far and why?
It’s so hard to pick one! Banksy Cans Festival in London was pretty amazing – it was my first time in London and I was there with 40 or so other artists creating this huge surprise exhibition right in the center of London. We had a lot of fun and to see people lining up for 2-3 hours just to see our art was pretty mind-blowing!
What’s your advice for young women interested in art or pursuing a career of any sorts?
Spend time listening to your deep inner voice. Find what you can do that is uniquely you and what you love doing the most – do that, do a lot of that. Experiment Experiment Experiment and never be afraid to fail.