Alya Hatta Proves That Age Is Just A Number In The Malaysian Art Scene

At the tender age of 17, Alya Hatta is far more than the typical teenager. On top of being a student, she’s also an artist and a freelance graphic designer.

Alya Hatta

Describe your artistic technique.

Hyperrealism, with a lot of focus on fine details. I love to combine this technique with a surrealist image or concept.

Could you give us a brief insight on how Aphrodisia is about?

Aphrodisia is about challenging the stereotypes of beauty and sexuality within the media. I was frustrated, growing up with the rising influence of social media and being bombarded by the endless, unrealistic beauty and body expectations. I wanted to express all that, through art.

How do you feel when you are letting your emotions loose on the canvas?

I’m the type of person who’s a lot more emotional than I tend to lead on so painting is therapeutic for me. I get to spend time with myself – to think and paint.

 What moves you most in life?

I find inspirations from many things in life but if I had to pick, I’d say the energy given off people and places from the constant hustle and bustle is what inspires me the most.

Tell us more about your favourite artwork.

I am hooked on anything from the neoclassical era. The pieces are all rich in colour, depth and meaning, and each masterpiece tells such great stories. The details in the painting are astounding; I could look at them forever.

Who are your heroes?

Michelangelo, with his technique and contribution to renaissance. I admire his attention to detail and how he beautifies each of his subject. Ivan Alifan and photographer David LaChapelle, with their energetic subject matter and how they’ve managed to juxtapose human beings in unearthly contexts.

Check out some of Alya’s artwork below.

Find Alya Hatta’s portfolio online here. For updates, catch her on Instagram.

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