Vonetta Berry, originally from LaMarque, TX, is showing that anyone can be fearless and bold. Read on to find out more about our featured artist, Vonetta, who is empowering people from different backgrounds - one body at a time.
When did you realize you were an artist and did you have formal training?
I have been an artist ever since I could remember, my mother noticed when I was three. I would draw pictures of people with their genitalia on the outside of their clothing. I was interested in surrealism even then. After high school, I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated with a BFA in Animation and Illustration. It prepared me for a life as a professional artist, although I had not planned to become a body painter.
What inspires you to keep going?
I love what I do. I love seeing how far I can push the envelope. To see how much I can distort a body or bodies.
Which piece of work is your favorite? I have two favorites that reflect my personality. One would be the Bishop I did, as he represents my nerdy side. I loved the X-men cartoon from the nineties and this piece is all of that. The other is the Enchanted Musician—Cello in which I blend two bodies to create a cello. It represents my love of transformation.