Ayande Andre is inspired by all that he sees around him. He considers himself a collage or assemblage artist. (Assemblage is an artistic medium usually created on a defined substrate that consists of three-dimensional elements projecting from the substrate. It is similar to collage, a two-dimensional medium. [Wikipedia]) At a young age he recognized that he was a creative person and that his creations make him feel good. Ayande has the true soul of an artist. He began as a musician traveling with a band and later traveled around selling his assemblage art at art fairs.
Growing up in Los Angeles during the mid 60s, Ayande witnessed the Watts riots and unrest of the time. Ayande's father, a member of the Assemblage Art Society, took burnt rubble from the riots and turned it into artwork. His father was also an interior decorator and furniture refinisher, allowing Ayande to witness creativity in many fashions.
Ayande traveled with friends to the Four Corners area and stopped in Sedona to visit. He found himself drawn to the red rocks and moved to the area in 1999.
Stop by Sedona Artist Market and check out Ayande's art in booth #4. And don't forget 3rd Thursday's meet the artist here at SAM.