Freeze | Aezra Simbal Post-Millennial Artist

FIFTEEN-year old Aezra Atabelo Simbal belongs to Generation Z, the demographic cohort after the Millennials or Generation Y. Also known as Gen Z, iGeneration, iGen, and Post-Millennials, most of them are generally comfortable with digital technology, using the Internet, and interacting on social media.As a digital native, Aezra is into digital drawing but her art also shines in traditional media like ink and watercolor. Her art influencers include artists on YouTube like Meyoco, Qinni, Kelogsloops, Ross Draws, and Thomas Romain. Kublai Milan of Davao City is also her role model artist.

Blck Rock Shooter, TOYCON Entry #69 – Faber Castell and Unipin on vellum board

Blck Rock Shooter, TOYCON Entry #69 – Faber Castell and Unipin on vellum board

Aezra is a resident of New Salmonan, Barangay Wilfredo Aquino and a student at the Holy Cross of Agdao. Her hobbies are drawing, watching anime, reading, and listening to music.

Tanya Degurechaf – Unipin and colored marker on paper

Tanya Degurechaf – Unipin and colored marker on paper

This young artist says she may be considered as a “straight A student” but dislikes studying.

“The modern school system nowadays is more on memorization, not learning,” she opines with a hint of existentialism. Moments of information overload make her feel like processing “unnecessary knowledge” but she rationalizes this phase of growing up to puberty.

Diagnosed with severe depression, Aezra took anti-depressants at her early age. But she fought back by making changes in her life and also through active participation in the art world. She feels grateful to hear from her psychiatrist that her condition is getting better.

“I am still in the midst of battling against depression but that does not stop me from doing what I love. For people who suffer the same case as mine, remember that even times can be hard, there is still a person who loves you for who you truly are. Try your best to fight against what you feel and eventually you will find the reason why you should continue on living,” Aezra shares her thoughts.

Bangon Marawi winning piece

Bangon Marawi winning piece

 

 

 

 

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