The Instagram Takeover with Kim from VagaBeyond 


Thank you for having me Giulia! The Instagram takeover I did last week was so much fun! Here is a quick roundup of the five days exploring colour and culture in Mexicooo.


Day 1 Murals

April 9th 2018

On the first day of the Art With A View takeover, I pounded pavements all over Playa Del Carmen in search of colourful creations. I have always loved public art and Mexico is drenched in it!

“After the Mexican Revolution, a period of intense artistic innovation commenced, giving rise to the most widely acknowledged Mexican art form, the mural.”

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Day 2 Frida Kahlo

April 10th 2018

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

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On Tuesday I visited the Frida Kahlo Museum to take a deeper look into the life of a Mexican icon. Her pain, her creativity and her outlook on life was documented throughout the 200 paintings she created during her 47 years.

Known for her self portraits and turbulent marriage with Diego Riviera, Frida Kahlo created from a place of pain and suffering. The museum was well put together and I came out feeling inspired and in ore!

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

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Day 3 – Photography with Kim

April 11th 2018

Today was a little insight to my own creative process and searching for the perfect palm tree!

I use photography as the foundation to my mixed media artwork but also as a research tool. Capturing colour combinations, recording architecture, landscape and documenting the people in each place I go to is all very important for creating my final work.

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Kim Youdan

Palm Trees Forever, 2016. Mixed media, acrylic ink on monochrome photograph.


Day 4 – Mexican Folk Art

April 12th 2018

Colour culture at it finest!

Although the Spanish conquest destroyed many inderiounous civilisations from what we now call Mexico, fortunately the aesthetic patterns and the use of bold colour still endure today!

Folk art is a vast category of colourful functional items crafted by native cultures. Today I was on the look out for handmade pottery, textiles and decorative items showcasing Mexican culture and colour!

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Hiuchol Art made by the indigenous people of Jalisco, Durango, Zacatecas and Nayarit regions of Mexico.


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Day 5 – Izamal Magic Town

April 13th 2018

So glad I got to show you Izamal during the Instagram takeover! I’ve had my eye on visiting a Mexican Magic Town since I arrived in the Yucatan peninsula. When I found out about Izamal, painted in glorious yellow I got so excited and road trip was

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Thank you again for everyone who followed along on Instagram takeover, it was so much fun!

Kim Youdan

“Inspired by colour and driven by travel.”


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