I am a New Orleans based artist who explores both classical figurative and abstract art. I primarily work in 2D, with pencil, charcoal, gauche, oil acrylic and mixed media/collage.
Daya Naef is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Colorful, dramatic, presentable.
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I love the vibe of New Orleans, like being in Europe with all the modern conveniences. My Uptown home is conducive to work and I produce most work there. My Marigny/Bywater hangouts provide the creative soup that mixes into my work and keeps it from becoming static and predictable.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I always start new pieces before finishing others and work in series most of the time. It keeps the work flowing. I also love and accept in-put from friends and other artists and make pieces specifically for shows and contests as well. Keeps things challenging.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Traveling and going to shows.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
The Mannerists are some of my favorite classicists, I also like El Greco, early Jackson Pollack and the architect Antoni Gaudi.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I love Southern Alternative and Folk Pop/Rock. Better than Ezra, Cowboy Mouth, Widespread Panic, etc.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Zotz Coffee shop! Or at home gardening or cooking.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I love late afternoon/evening. October, November, April and May.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I was born with my toes crossed.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
Skewer Gallery in "Kebab" on St. Claude