Ana Benaroya


Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently


I was born in Flushing, Queens in NYC in 1986. I now live in Jersey City, NJ. 


What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures


I was obsessed with superheroes and action figures and comic books. This led me to drawing because I was intent on being able to copy them perfectly. I never achieved this, but I kept drawing regardless and ended up where I am today!


Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding


I don't really have any ties with skateboarding - other than that I love all the artwork and visual culture that comes out of it. 



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?


Hard to pick - but at the moment I love Jean Michel Basquiat.


When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing


Eating good food and drinking coffee. Seeing friends and spending time with my girlfriend.


Who are your biggest influences


Other artists, both illustrators and fine artists. Music - I'm always into discovering new bands and making fun mix cds for my friends. 



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


Mostly pen and ink with digital color. But I also really enjoy painting with gouache - which is what I painted my board with for the show. 



Anything else you want to tell?


Not really!