Artist Interviews

Passage Arts x Bissy Riva

Passage Arts x Bissy Riva

Passage Arts had the opportunity to speak with Bissy Riva an interdisciplinary artist currently working in Nairobi, Kenya. Riva works at the intersection of painting, textiles, and design.


Mountain Sickness: Interview with Leila Seyedzadeh

Mountain Sickness: Interview with Leila Seyedzadeh

Passage Arts had the pleasure of speaking with Leila Seyedzadeh about her life and work. Seyedzadeh is an Iranian interdisciplinary artist based in New York. She creates imaginary landscapes with a sense of placelessness.


Passage Arts x Yowshien Kuo

Passage Arts x Yowshien Kuo

Passage Arts spoke with artist Yowshien Kuo. “My artist statement could literally be, he grew up in Taiwan and America. That says so much more than anything else.” Kuo examines constructed histories and representations of race and masculinity, especially in the American West.

Passage Arts x Avani Patel

Passage Arts x Avani Patel

"One of the great joys of creating art is being able to share it with your audience," the artist says. "When your work echoes with another person, you are building a connection with them."

Passage Arts x Demond Melancon

Passage Arts x Demond Melancon

Demond Melancon is a contemporary artist with roots in the Black Masking Culture of New Orleans. He began making masks and suits for Mardi Gras performance and he translated his skills into making meticulous beadwork portraits. Melancon creates intricately-beaded works of art and he combines traditions from Mardi Gras, history painting, and contemporary portrait painting. The artist draws from Black and Indigenous history and he features a broad variety of symbols and stylistic influences. Passage Arts spoke with the artist about his life and work.