Yanlexis Arizaga is a thriving artist who works as a Technology Instructor for high school students. Yanlexis believes understanding who you are as a person helps define the work you create and show to others. Yanlexis has illustrated for Safe Kids Stories and landed the opportunity to draw a self portrait for the Mayor of Camden, Dana Redd. She is also currently a college student majoring in Studio Art. Her dream is to share and continue creating art projects that help empower the female community.
Want to go a little in depth? Here’s my story!
You’d think I live in the city yet surprise surprise, i’m located where no events take place. Maybe the reason why I like to capture the streets of Philadelphia in my spare time! My childhood memories were either forgotten or wasted by staring into the TV/computer screens after a mentally draining day at elementary school. There was little things that I wanted to do, whether it was being able to do a cartwheel or signing up for poetry club. I kept making excuses. So here I am, learning how to live. My artworks are ideas either from a dream, my mind, or my story.
The author being an nineteen year old girl named Y a n l e x i s
Being a Hispanic girl in a school ranging in a majority of one race was a factor of my growing struggle of self acceptance. Kids would ask me why my arms were so hairy, but back then I didn’t know how to respond to that. No kid is prepared to answer a question on why they were born the way they were.