French-born, London-based artist Malika Favre has a distinct style, using color to define positive and negative space that's somehow both stark and subtle—and decidedly evocative. Case in point: A recent cover illustration for The New Yorker spawned a movement to replicate the image in real life.

Malika's work can be found all over the world, from Vogue to the Montreux Jazz Festival, and now on Lincoln Center's campus, where Mozart's iconic portrait has been reinterpreted for the Mostly Mozart Festival.


First "design" memory?
The Pink Floyd cover of Dark side of the Moon. My parents loved them and I was fascinated by that cover as a kid.

Top three influences, design or otherwise?
René Gruau, Guy Bourdin, my mother.

Hidden talent?
Filing tax returns. I love it.

Favorite museum?
The Barbican in London. Greatness inside and outside.

Visual artist you always return to for inspiration?
Shigeo Fukuda.

Favorite book or movie?
Antigone by Jean Anouilh. The Beat That My Heart Skipped by Jacques Audiard.

Favorite musician/performer?
Beth Gibbons's voice and Chilly Gonzales's stage presence.

Inspiration for this year's Mostly Mozart artwork?
A painting of Mozart himself.

Favorite font?
Brown.

Music (if so, what?) or silence while you work?
Silence.

Top three pieces of advice for aspiring artists?
Work hard. Be nice. Travel a lot.

 

Designer you'd most like to meet, past or present?
Picasso.

First time you realized you wanted to be a designer?
I can't remember a specific time. It was obvious from the start I think.

What you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
No matter how great a project sounds on paper, in the end it all depends on the people you deal with.

Tips for staying current?
Be genuine.

You hope your designs evoke the feeling . . . ?
Joy and beauty.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
A cook or a singer.