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Sep 29, 2016

Reactor-88’s Custom Corner: Zard Apuyua



Welcome to the September 2016 edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we’re featuring Zard Apuya.


What’s your name?

My name is Zard Apuya. People sometimes think it's my 'artist' name because they've never heard of a name like it before. It definitely saves me from having to think of an 'artist' name though.

Where are you located?

I am originally from Guam- a tiny island in the Pacific. I then moved to San Francisco 3 years ago. Then just a few months ago, I moved down here to San Diego.

Day job or full-time artist?

I actually do have a day job right now. I work as an Account Manager with a startup company but I work remotely from home. It allows me to be able to balance putting time into my art projects as well. Hopefully one day I can transition to being a full-time artist though.

How long have you been painting toys?

I've been painting toys for almost 6 years now. Before I got into that, I was more of a traditional watercolor painter. I did try painting on other canvases before toys though. I had a phase where I was painting on shoes, hats, bags, and shirts.

Any random things you want people to know about you?

I originally considered just collecting toys but I knew it was going to be an expensive hobby I couldn't afford. So I figured I can just start my own collection customizing toys myself. Since I started painting toys, I've done over a 1000 customs. Funny enough, I currently only have about 30 of my own custom toys in my collection at home. So the thought that the rest are spread out all over the world, many of which I don't even know where they ended up, is pretty random and cool.



Anything specific you’d like people to know about your toy work (style, influences, special techniques, etc.)?

I would say that as an artist, I thought I had to develop a signature look or style of painting so that anyone can easily identify that a piece was made by me. After trying many styles but never finding my 'true' style, I realized that maybe it wasn't a style I had to search for but more like a reoccurring theme that I did enjoy doing. That's when I started doing food-themed toys and enjoyed creating every one of them.  It also allowed me to play around with new techniques and materials. I like the challenge of trying to interpret food into different blank platforms and trying to achieve realism where it looks good enough to eat.



Do you take commissions?

Yes I do. Anyone interested can always email me at [email protected]

Best way(s) for people to contact you/see your work/social links:

Website: www.zardapuya.com
Instagram: @zardapuya
Facebook: Zard Apuya ArtZard Apuya Art

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