So many young girls can relate to the giddy feeling you get when thumbing through a pile of your mother's fashion magazines. From the picture perfect beauty ads, to the haute couture editorials, being whisked away to a fashion-fairy tale sparks creativity that turns young women into designers, brand creators, directors, and in Giana's case – budding artists. Known for a colorful freehand aesthetic that marries one half of an image with her sketch of the missing piece, the young Dallas artist is building a fan base for her technique that feels kitschy and abstract, with a dose of youthful pop. At just 7 years old, Giana has already debuted her first solo show ( “It’s a Cool Cool World” opened in November 2016 in Seattle) and has showcased her art in her hometown of Dallas. With the great encouragement of her parents to build her craft and explore her creativity, Giana and her art are well on their way to making the world a more colorful (and abstract) place.
How did you begin creating your artwork and what did your first piece look like?
My mom always had tons of fashion magazines everywhere and never threw any of them away. Since I liked to draw so much, she cut one of the magazine pictures out and let me draw the other side. The first one I ever did does not look very good, but it is still her favorite.
When you’re flipping through a magazine or book, what catches your eye and inspires a new piece?
I am inspired by lots of dots, stripes, and I like tons of colors, cool clothes and craziness. I like looking for good fashion. If I don't like what someone is wearing, then I won't want to draw them.
You had your first solo show, titled “It’s a Cool Cool World," in Seattle. Tell us about that experience, and the artwork you featured.
I really liked all of the people talking to me because they were so nice and cool and asked me lots of questions. When I first walked through the door, I thought WOW, this is all for me, my very own art show! I like all of the cool colors of the artwork I created. I want to show everyone.
What are your favorite tools to work with when creating?
I like that I can use so many things to draw. I like markers, paint brushes, pens, pencils, crayons and all kinds of things. My favorite is paint because I like spreading it around. I also like using markers because there are so many different colors.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
My favorite artist is KAWS, because I like all of his different characters, and Moschino is my favorite fashion designer because he makes crazy clothes.
“Think of cool things and put them on paper. Draw things that you like, and use lots of color. Just have fun!"
What else do you love to do in your free time?
I like to read, do science, play barbies, do crafts, write and play and create things with my little brother and sister. I am also a tan belt in karate, and I play softball too.
At such a young age, you’ve already achieved so much with your creative talent. What are some new goals you’ve set for yourself?
I would love to be a science star. I just want to be super good at science and become a scientist. I really like science, because you can mix liquids. I would like to try new things with my art too. I wish to color in my drawings with fabric and material to use for color in the clothes.
If you take a trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
First I would go to San Francisco, because that is where I was born. Second, then Los Angeles because they have Disneyland and the beach. Third, I would go to Tokyo, Japan because I like all of the colors there.
What advice do you have for other kids aspiring to be artists?
If you want to be an artist, you have to practice all the time. I like drawing when my mama and daddy are driving. Think of cool things and put them on paper. Draw things that you like, and use lots of color. Just have fun!
What's next for you in 2017?
In March 2017, I will be having my 2nd solo art show with new works in LA. I'm partnering with Fashion Mamas — the first members-only network for influential mothers who work in fashion and creative industries. The show will be in the LA area.
I'm also collaborating with a jewelry designer SAYRAN, which will include a super cool design for all ages.
Lastly, I'm partnering with Alegre Media, a London fashion and lifestyle PR and Media Agency. It will include a very exciting project that will be revealed very soon!
What are 3 of your favorite places in Dallas?
My 3 favorite places in Dallas are my Karate school, my school where I learn, and a place called SweetFrog where they have frozen yogurt.
What does MINIBISH mean to you?
It means being nice, talented, smart, and creative. It means everything that is good in life.
Photos by: BRASE