Andrea Touché uses recycled materials to create animal paintings with 3D elements and big personalities.
Monterrey, Mexico, artist Andrea Touché reuses short-lived products to create attention-grabbing three-dimensional paintings. After sculpting the materials—often including recycled plastic, paper, and textiles—on a canvas to create a work, she adds details with watercolor, acrylic, or oil paints. “The main theme of my works,” she writes in her artist’s statement, “revolves around the perception I have about the essence of people, the reasons for their actions and decisions.” Andrea, who is also a fashion designer, features both human and animal subjects in her Emotions Series, often dressing animals in elegant, shimmering suits. In an interview, the talented artist described her process and inspirations.
I see from your bio that you’re originally from Monterrey, Mexico. Where do you live now?
Yes, I’m from Monterrey México, but I have been traveling and studying outside of Mexico since I was young. I always return to Monterrey because it’s where I feel most at home. I have my studio and create my best pieces here.
How long did your recent Lucky Elephant piece take? It’s gorgeous! Were you surprised by the public response to it?
Well, that piece would normally take me six months to do, but for this project I had a deadline, so I had to work from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. for 18 days! It was a big challenge in my career, but it all went really well.
Yes, I was really surprised by the response. People really like 3D art pieces made of recycled materials!
What’s one of your personal favorite pieces you’ve made, and why?
I love all my pieces because each one represents a feeling or a thought that I want to express. If I had to choose one, I would pick the lion because it represents the strength of our qualities and flaws, which are what make us unique.
What are the greatest challenges and rewards of your work?
Each artwork I create has its own challenges and rewards. The materials I use for each piece are always different, and the production process varies for each project. For that reason, I always try to be innovative in every aspect of my work.
My biggest reward is when I look at the facial expressions of my viewers and see how curious they are and how they relate to my work.
Aside from designing fashion and art, what are your other everyday interests?
I read a lot about entrepreneurship skills. I like to study the cases of innovative businesses and try to apply them to the art world.
What’s one truth you’ve learned as an artist?
There are no right or wrong ideas for an artwork. Inspiration comes from all around. You just have to be open-minded and work really hard to achieve your goals.
Also, being an artist is not an easy career. Not only does it take talent, but you must really have the desire to do it, be consistent, have discipline, and work as hard as you can to have a chance at success.
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know?
Enjoy the process.