Are you a professional artist? How long have you been making art either professionally or as a hobby?
I began my interest in the visual arts at the early age of 6 and Clay/plastilina was my very first interest. I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts at CSU Fullerton with dual concentration in Traditional Animation and Illustration in 2009.
I worked and assisted my mentor Fine Artist Javier Alvarez for many years at his art studio in Laguna Beach and Galleries. He also introduced me to street painting back in 2003. Since then I have traveled nationally and internationally doing street painting for private events, commercial and for the community for the past 15 years. I am currently working on a new series of oil paintings.
What is your preferred medium? Is chalk art new to you, or have you worked in that medium many times before?
I enjoy working with many art mediums, chalk art is one of my favorite ones, along with oil, acrylics, sculpting, however, as an artist, as much as I love traditional mediums I also like digital tools and software.
In what way(s) is making chalk art different than other types of art? Do you find it to be more challenging? Easier? More exciting?
I enjoy street painting because each time I have to adapt to the environment, whether sunny, rainy, windy, humid, etc, I can say that street painting is definitely an extreme sport. In the first years I would find rain a bit difficult since it will damage the chalk art, however, I learned with the years that even ‘’rain’ can help your art be more fun and experimental.
Have you participated in street art festivals before?
Yes, My very first festival was in Southern California, in Mission Viejo in 2003. Since then, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to travel to many different locations from local events to abroad. Now this will be my second time in Baltimore and with much excitement, I can’t wait to share my talents with the community and learn from many wonderful and super talented artists from other parts of the country and especially Italy! ciao!
What will you be making at Baltimore’s Madonnari Festival this year? What was your inspiration for the piece(s) you will make?
This year’s theme “Respect” is very important to me since respect is what we all need to give and receive. I will be doing a street painting portrait of a special woman who dedicated her life to give respect and love to everyone,no matter their color, race, status, etc. I will be incorporating some traditional and neoclassical styles to it.
What are you most excited for at this year’s festival?
I am excited to experience the good community of Little Italy in Baltimore, the food is great and everyone seems to be having a great time as a big family. All the local restaurants treat you like a family and I can't wait to taste their food again this year!
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