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Brienne Yvonne

IG: @brienneyvonne

Detroit, MI

Brienne Yvonne is a visual artist from Detroit, MI and is currently living in New York City. Her art is inspired by her pride of being a Black female artist, and she hopes to inspire others to celebrate what makes them unique and step into their own power. She is committed to creating beautiful, thought-provoking, ground-shaking art pieces that will change the world for the better.


Spotlight on Brienne


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Brienne Yvonne and I am an illustrator. I live in New York City. I've always known that I wanted to have a career in the arts. As long as I can remember, I've always been painting and drawing, and I honestly don't even really remember a time before I was an artist.


What is the primary medium for your art?

My primary medium is mixed media. I wouldn't necessarily just be able to say one thing. I use marker and pen and ink for my illustrations, I use oil paint and acrylic for my fine art. So, it's a little bit of everything.


What’s your favorite part about being an artist?

My favorite part about being an artist is being able to connect with so many people with one image. It's my way of being able to speak to the world, really.


Describe your experience as a female artist in a male-dominated industry.

My experience as a female artist in a male-dominated industry has been one that I've felt the need to work harder through, felt the need to be perfect, felt the need to just really do everything twice as well without any room for error. At the same time, I'm so encouraged by what's going on right now. And the world is going through so much change and female voices are being amplified. Black female voices are being empowered, and it's just a really exciting thing to be a part of as a creator.


Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I draw my inspiration from my five and a half year old daughter, Belle. She is the reason why I started doing what I do. The way that I celebrate natural hair, that was all for her. When I had her, I became so aware of visuals that she would be taking in, things that would mold her as a person and really establish what she agreed to in her life. One of the main things being the standard of beauty.


Do you have any favorite artists or role models?

Kehinde Wiley, hands down. I mean, where do I begin? The scale alone, what he does and how he does it so well, is just mind-blowing. I am inspired by what he does, motivated by how well he does it and really just encouraged as an artist by what's possible, what you can become. I mean, he did one of the most important pieces in modern art, in my opinion, which is the presidential portrait of Obama. I really am just inspired by his career as well as what he can just do with paint, it's mind-blowing.


Tell us about your hair journey.

My first memory of hating my hair would be when I was about six or seven years old, I just wanted to fit in. I wanted to be the same, I wanted to be like everybody else. I wanted to have a perm, I wanted to blend in. I didn't want to have a big head of curly hair, so I asked my mom to get a relaxer. Luckily, she said no. I just didn't want to have the hair that I had when I was younger, which is so crazy for me to think about now, because it's the thing that I love about myself.


What does the theme “Time to Shine” mean to you?

For me, ‘Time to Shine’ is really what my art is about. I think it just goes to speak how much I appreciate the relationship and the good fit that DevaCurl has been for my own art. It really is exciting to see what we're creating from this and what will become of everything that we're going through right now. And I'm excited to see Black voices getting louder, female voices being encouraged. I think it's a pivotal moment of change for everyone.



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