“I found the strength and the energy to create.”

What were your earliest artistic memories?

Actually, I studied fashion design before, but I’ve always painted since I was a kid. My family always pushed me to work, so I always did art on Sundays as a hobby.

It was hard for me to realize that I could make a living out of it and dedicate my life to it. For me, that option didn’t exist when I was in my early twenties.

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

Over the years, I have juggled trying to grow my practice, while taking on client work. Last year I also completed my Masters in Fine Arts.

Along the way, were there any particular artists, designers, musicians, or movements that inspired you along the way.

One of my biggest inspirations is music – I always feel it when I’m working. I want to paint the 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 have a song by David Bowie, but also a portrait of Bad Bunny for example.

I think my practice relates to pop culture in this way – representing the present moment.

Still on the fashion, I read that you became unhappy with it. Can you remember what specifically turned you to art?

I was always trying to do creative stuff in my role. I felt very limited and didn’t want to spend the rest of my life doing this job – 8am to 6pm.

As mentioned before, every time I finished the job, I would go home and start painting. Sometimes from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Of course it was exhausting doing it, but in that moment I found the strength – because I was so tired and really needed to feel ‘fulfilled’ in my life as a one way or another. I found the strength and the energy to create.

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