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“I found the strength and energy to create.”

What were your earliest memories of art?

I actually studied fashion design before, but I had always been painting since I was a kid. My family always forced me to work, so I always did art as a hobby on Sundays.

It was hard for me to realize that I could make a living from it and devote my life to it. This option didn’t exist for me when I was in my early twenties.

After fashion, I started getting commissions with magazines to make illustrations and paintings. From there I got proposals to do exhibitions – I was living in London at the time and started meeting people who were doing the same. So it was kind of a revelation for me. So I said to myself, ‘I’m going to quit fashion and start working on this.’

Over the years I tried to develop my practice while taking on client work. Last year I also completed my master’s degree in fine arts.

Were there any artists, designers, musicians or movements that inspired you along the way?

One of my biggest sources of inspiration is music – I always feel it when I work. I want to paint the same way a songwriter writes a song. I’ve always felt very connected to music in general. My taste is everywhere and sometimes my pieces can contain a song by David Bowie, but also a portrait of Bad Bunny, for example.

I think my practice is connected to pop culture in that way – representing the present moment.

I also read about fashion that you weren’t happy with it. Can you remember what specifically made you art?

I always tried to do creative things within my role. I felt very limited and didn’t want to spend the rest of my life doing this work – from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As mentioned before, whenever I finished work, I would go home and start painting. Sometimes from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Sure, it was exhausting doing this, but that’s when I found the strength — because I was so tired and felt like I needed to feel really “realized” in my life somehow. I found the strength and energy to create.

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