Despite her young age Berlin-based artist Andrea Wan has already lived a very cosmopolitan life. Born in Hong Kong in 1985, she moved to Vancouver at the age of 10 where she grew up in a completely different culture. Upon graduating in film studies she decided to go to Europe to study half a year longer in design and illustration in Denmark. During this time she also started experimenting a lot which made her grow as an artist and let her develop her distinguished, surreal style. In 2012 Wan decided to make Berlin her home base from where she still keeps on travelling a lot. The content of her art also correlates with the idea of a perpetual change and that even identity is not necessarily a permanent thing.
Working mostly with ink on paper, Andrea Wan sees her work as a visual journal that reflects her thoughts and experiences. Her art combines traditional narrative aesthetics with eerie and surrealist qualities, depicting a world with great sensibility.
Wan finds inspiration by looking outwards to observe her surroundings such as people and places, and looking introspectively into the obscure corners of her subconscious.
Her unpredictable work brings together a variety of contradictory imagery: feral jungles, luminous laptops and girls with teepees on their heads live side by side in perfect harmony, as if there was nothing weird about them coexisting on the same page.
Check out more about her work here.