We had the good fortune of connecting with Andreas Anastasis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andreas, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think ignorance is bliss, I really wasn’t aware of what it exactly takes to start a business, but I could visualize it and I knew I could create an environment specifically for what I need, and that was so exciting to me, and so I just jump right in to the deep end…. best decision I ever made.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
After studying 2 years of Fashion at the London College of Fashion, I decided to go straight in to hairstyling, I knew I was good at it, (got that from my mother) so I trained at Toni & Guy and quickly grew and found myself moving to NYC to continue doing hair, working with celebrities and fashion shows shoots etc…. but it wasn’t enough, I was challenged creatively.. so that when I decided to go behind the camera and shoot film and photography, this was huge for me, I know what people want to see and it was so exciting and felt organic…. I made two short films that were awarded both in Milan, Berlin and LA,
At this point I didn’t want to be a struggling Artist, I needed to find a way to fund my projects. So with almost 2 decades of hair clients in NYC I decided to open a small Hair salon in the West Village and this became my home, I was able to work make money do what I love and mostly have the Freedom to make Art….
I became unstoppable I finally had space and time to create purely from spirit and passion.

My new Obsession is large plaster sculptures, using the Human Form.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ok this is a tough one because I’m a true introvert and not super social lol, I barely leave my art studio (my sanctuary) but I guess walking through Manhattan or even biking the west side highway would probably be my favorite thing to do if I was to entertain, I’d keep it local and understated, Sunsets at my Art Studio with my Dog London is my favorite thing always up to share this with my friends:)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d have to say growing up with both parents who were also creatives helped, my mom being a Hairstylist and my Father a shoe maker, definitely had something to do with it, I was also very inspired by pop culture film Music etc… icons like Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Andy Warhol Frida Kahlo Madonna etc… I’d idolize and read their stories and it made me feel I could be whoever I needed to be, I wasn’t very book smart but I had an immense sense of vision and knew very early on I was different. Somewhat and eccentric.

Website: AndreasAnastasis.com

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Image Credits
Photography by Lian Cenzano

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