Interview: Anouk Colantoni Is The NSFW Illustrator You Need To Know

by Gautam Balasundar · May 18, 2016

Anouk Colantoni: it's a name which seems fitting for a boutique perfume house in the West Village or a fine jewelry line at Bergdorf's, but instead we discovered this name at a gallery filled with highly personal illustrations that echoed our young lives in New York. 

At her first exhibit Safety In Numbers, up until May 20th at Wallplay, Colantoni has offered her innermost thoughts through a series of humorous, mundane, erotic, and poignant drawings that take us through the truths we're often afraid to share with each other. "I have found that when I'm not truthful, and I don't put myself out there in that way, then there's more pain and anguish that comes from that. You only get one chance at life; I'm the only one who has to live with being me," she says in her contagiously cheery disposition. 

It's no surprise a massive crowd turned out for the opening of the show, inevitably pouring out into the sidewalk with WTRMLN vodka cocktails in hand and turning into one of the better parties of the week. So instead we caught up with Colantoni over the weekend to learn how she went from Vogue stylist to Stuart Weitzman-commissioned artist, and where her quirky and compelling drawings come from.

[Photos courtesy Safety In Numbers]