We had the good fortune of connecting with Andre Mccline and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andre, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from the west side of Chicago Illinois a city that forced me to appreciate my talent and my life. Seeing the things I’ve seen and experienced really made me focus on my craft in order to survive. Once I got laid off from a dead end job in 2014 I decided to relocate with my family to Arizona for change and growth. I (with no job in sight) I leaned on my talent and never looked back. Now I make sure to display the elements, messages, influence and inspiration as I continue this journey we call life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is influenced by the elements of city life and life as a whole. I speak about society issues as well as political. I also implement positivity and growth when I create just to give every person that sees my work something to walk away with. Being that I was forced to survive off my talent it made me hungry to succeed. Making a living from my thoughts, skill and perspective is a special thing that’s purely a blessing from god. I’m still growing as a artist and with that comes struggles but my supporting cast won’t let me quit. At this point I just want the world to see my artistic vandalism hence the name (Art VandaL) with a open heart, mind and perspective.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since Arizona is such a huge art community I would definitely take them on a art gallery and museum crawl. I would let them enjoy the scenery from the mountains to the city life. First Fridays, third Fridays, downtown Phoenix to old town Scottsdale. With COVID limiting us so much these days fun may be limited but the peace and tranquility from the environment should help. Anything to do with relaxation and fun would be on the table.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family and the mother of my children/ my love Melissa plays a huge role in who I am and what I’ve become. My family allowed me to develop my love for art by always supporting my talent with positive reinforcement especially my grandmother Lillie and my mother Lisa. Melissa has supported me at every point in this journey, she loves what I do and that motivation fuels my craft as well. Last but not least Antoinette Cauley , King Saladeen (Raheem Johnson) and my friend for life Courtney Winston. Antoinette gave me opportunity, saladeen gave me guidance and Courtney always supports from buying art to never letting me forget my purpose in life.