Vin Servillon is a New York City based artist and an advocate for mental health issues. Servillon openly talks about his struggles with depression and anxiety and how finding a life and his way as an artist was the catalyst in the healing process. Vin’s ability to paint deep expressions in a surreal and haunting yet joyful style echoes a beautiful expressionist take on every piece he creates.
Servillon never went to art school and admits that most of the time he doesn’t know if he’s using what experts would call the “right” brush for his work. He navigates strictly by emotion, mixing paint colors and choosing art tools instinctively. His choices for colors often evoke joy but upon closer inspection one might find a deeper perspective than joy. His technique isn’t for everyone but he tries not to get caught up in expectations of others anymore. When he needs a shot of resolve, he glances at a Rembrandt quote that’s hanging near his painting table: “Of course you will say that I ought to be practical and ought to try to paint they want me to paint. Well, I will tell you a secret. I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can’t do it. I just can’t do it! And that is what I am just a little crazy.”
Women, painted with both power and delicacy, are frequent subjects for Servillon. It’s an expression of his love, respect, and admiration for them— not to mention it’s a subject he knows well. Growing up, he was surrounded by women, he also says that the strongest human beings he knows are his grandmother and mother. “Painting has saved me from my own demons,” he says. His love of painting eyes often roots from the honesty he finds in them.
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