By
Alejandra Chacón de Azúa

Communicative and with a touch of humor, Xaviera Altena joins the group of illustration artists who focus on social issues such as feminism, race and gender. The 25-year-old artist seeks to give meaning to her work with a clear objective in mind: to fight for something beyond pure expression. 

Using pastel pink and lemon yellow and blue, her illustrations, which highlight the female body, express incredible joy and freshness

Established in Rotterdam, Xaviera Altena is inspired by 1990s pop culture and modern-day culture. Using pastel pink and lemon yellow and blue, her illustrations, which highlight the female body, express incredible joy and freshness. Her view on art changed when she listened to Beyoncé’s Lemonade for the first time. That was when she realized she needed to commit with something else as an artist.

Xaviera has worked on a series of illustrations that express how health and good habits contradict each other in our society. In a recent interview with It’s Nice That she said: “On the one hand, you’re controlling your weight to feel good; but, on the other, you like to party, to drink alcohol and to eat junk food at the weekend.” A social antithesis she finds very interesting to explore and work on.