Auberon Artist Feature - February 2022

Purchase prints of Nina's portrait here. A portion of sales go directly to the featured artist.

"The best thing I can hope to achieve is that my music will move people to feel what they need to feel and maybe even heal what they need to heal." - Nina de Freitas

We are truly lucky to be alive at the same time as Nina de Freitas. Her artistry and wisdom are powerful and her voice transcends time. Nina's music often culminates in a beautiful and chaotic sea of sound, striking a balance between desolation and hope. My illustration of her is inspired by her song Fractures. It's a song about being broken and whole at the same time, about finding connection through all of our shared loneliness. I am so honored she took the time to answer my questions. Take a moment to get to know her and her work a bit better.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Nina de Freitas. de Freitas is pronounced “dee-fray-tuhs” like freight. I was born in Brazil but have lived in the US since I was three and in Colorado for fifteen years. I’ve been playing music my whole life.


What inspires your work? What drew you to being a musician?

I grew up in a very musical home. Both of my parents are musicians so I was exposed to the songwriting process very early on and what started as me simply mimicking what I was seeing ended up turning into a lifelong love of creating music.

What are your goals as an artist? What do you hope to achieve?

It’s hard to make tangible goals as an artist these days I think. I’ve had to reframe and reform my hopes and dreams many times, especially over the last two years. I’ve come to the conclusion that the best thing I can hope to achieve is that my music will move people to feel what they need to feel and maybe even heal what they need to heal. 

Putting your art out into the world can be a very scary thing. What would you say to someone who is struggling to believe in their work or put themselves out there?

Fear can be as blinding as any other emotion. Don’t let it control you and deceive you. No one can possibly know how their art will be received. Not even the greatest of the greats who seemingly have it all together can know but that’s what makes it exciting and sometimes what makes it all the more wonderfully surprising! Our art belongs to us and it also doesn’t belong to us. You don’t know who needs to hear, see, taste, smell, touch what only you can create. It might sound trite, but, even if what you put out changes only one person’s life, it’s completely worth it. 

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A portion of each sale
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