My name is Ana Keller-Flores, I’m a sophomore in high school from the Twin Cities. I am a biracial Latinx kid, my mom is Peruvian and my dad is White. My racial identity is one of my main influences for my artwork. I was raised for most of my life in Minnesota, but have spent many years in Chimbote, Peru. Drawing has always been something I loved to do, and as I grow older and learn more I realize how my art can be used in different ways. Visual art, for me, is a platform to show your feelings, to express a magical vision that words can’t explain, to represent people who don’t usually get represented by other artists. Growing up, I never really saw brown people in art. I never really saw trans/nonbinary people in art. With no one really to look up to, art has recently become something I feel is necessary for me to do. I feel like it’s my job to use my art to represent myself and to make a change just with creating images of people who aren’t usually represented in art. Using art for my own growth is something I’m learning as well. Like journaling but drawing instead. Releasing anger, releasing sadness, releasing nervousness, and creating something beautiful from it is transformative. Or sometimes you just wanna draw something really gross. Or something really embarrassing. Or something super cute. I wanna do it all and get it all on paper. Find more of my art on my art instagram account @akflo.art.
This drawing is a marker and pen drawing of a black boy crying with his hands cut off to represent self harm. Depression and mental illnesses are rarely shown intersecting with people of color. So here I am, intersecting it.
This is an acrylic colorful painting of a character I made that I often draw named Owen. Owen is a nonbinary indian peruvian and senegalese kid who I made a few years ago. I draw them all the time.
This green pen drawing is a stippled figure of a trans latinx kid. Sometimes when I draw I’m not really sure what I’m trying to say with it. This is an example of that. Not sure what it means, but I like the drawing.
This colorful pen and marker drawing is a depiction of a common feeling I have. It’s just like my aesthetic and magical feeling drawing. Sleeping soft lady with fish and plants and a cat.
This last pencil sketch is of another one of my characters I made. Her name is Lynmana and she has four eyes. She’s a magical alien trans girl with braids and she can fly and float around.