I'm Nelida Zubia, a Spanish illustrator based in the UK. Being born and growing up in the island of Gran Canaria (part of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the West coast of Africa), my work draws heavy inspiration from subtropical vegetation, lots of sunshine and bright bold colours.
Flora and fauna, traditional clothing and performance arts are some of the aspects that flow into my work. Conveying emotions, exploring relationships or reflecting small nuances of every day life are other common themes in my work.
Two figures hide behind some vegetation, they are both naked in unknown surroundings, and should feel equality exposed and vulnerable, but their stances suggest otherwise.
She looks resolute, but still timid, partly hiding her gaze behind a leaf, as if to keep some sort of control over how much vulnerability she shows. Eyes are expressive, a window to one's state of mind, so trying to hide her eyes is a way of not showing her true self. She smiles, as she's expected to, thus putting a front for others to see. The position of her shoulders also reflect this conflict between her real feelings and what she projects to the world outside. She's strong, but first she needs to grown confident and and realise her own self-worth.
On the other hand, he looks sideways, his face fully exposed, confident despite the situation. He has no reason to feel vulnerable; his past experiences are in direct contrast to those of his companion. He doesn't smile, he doesn't need to, because he's not expected to. His head is held up high, and his shoulders are kept straight. He has an unshakeable spirit and he believes the world can do him no wrong. One look at his companion and he will realise that not everything is so clear cut as he once thought and that perhaps, it's also up to him to change things.