Model, designer, photographer and creative director, Asiyami Gold, is a real Renaissance woman. The Nigerian-born multi-faceted creator has a passion for design, photography, and travel, as is well documented in her envy-inducing Instagram page.
Her creative agency, ASIYAMI GOLD, launched in 2013, has a distinctive aesthetic that has been sought after by giants like GAP, J. Crew, PANTENE, VOGUE, and more.
“I strongly believe that we are all born artists, and some are blessed to have parents who recognize these gifts at a tender age and so begin to foster their children’s gifts,” said the artist in an interview with Create & Cultivate.
“I, unfortunately, did not have that growing up. In the 5th grade, I painted my first canvas that was recognized by my school and awarded for being the best painting by a student at the time. My parent’s response to my award was contrary to my expectation. I grew up in a country where art was respected but not revered which then led me to treat the arts as it had been painted: ‘Art is a hobby; it doesn’t put food on the table.’”
Thankfully, she didn’t listen to the negative responses she received. “I picked up a camera when I turned 15 and never looked back,” she recalled. “I enjoyed documenting life and the beauty that I saw in things that others didn’t deem as beautiful.”
“As time progressed, I fine-tuned my work, studied what I liked about photography, and executed my vision. I didn’t start out paying attention to my ‘niche,’ and if I’m being completely transparent I wouldn’t say I have even found my niche. What I can say confidently is that I love documenting beautiful things and giving life to things that are often taken for granted. Through my work, I’m able to offer a different perspective on how people may perceive their everyday ‘norm’ and that to me is what really makes it all magical.”
Take a look at her magical experiences and photographs, portrayed on her Instagram page.