Hi! I’m Mireya but family calls me Myra. I LOVE my name but, let’s face it, not everyone can pronounce it. Feel free to call me Myra.
Thank you for wanting to learn more about me. Glad you’re here! I love to listen to interviews and learn about artists. It’s exhilarating to learn the creative process.
Here’s my interview.
1. Why art? Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
Art is just a part of me-always has been. It’s a love story. When I was bored in class, I’d draw in the page margins. I loved paint by number kits, markers and crayons. I made this hot air balloon in fifth grade. It’s not that I made one, it’s that I reveled in the process. I paint hot air balloon designs. Wait I should remake this and hang it in my studio for inspiration. My favorite moments in college involve creativity. I majored in Marketing. You learn about design, advertising and consumer behavior. All that is art in a sense. I did learn Western Renaissance art. I’m obsessed with the idea that artists can take simple elements and tell a story. I always find the right inspiration, tips or resources when I really want them. I let art go for a while because art to me was gallery/museum art. It is. Yes I create art, but my work looks nothing like that. Now I understand that’s actually good!
2. When did you realize you’re an artist?
There really isn’t a moment. I’ve always believed in the phrase do what you love and love what you do. It’s been recent that all the pieces came together and okay I’m an artists-that makes sense. This story came to life in my head. I’d write poems. I thought maybe I could sell them? That led to the term typography. I learned that typography is boring: I can’t stand it. That led to hand lettering. Love it! I came across this crayola educational watercolor set which led to watercolor and childhood memories. The more I surround myself with artists, the more I identify with them.
4. Describe your style? Your process?
I’m curious about everything. I’m a thinker. I’m obsessed with color. My favorites are monotone shades. I really love this 3 tier cake that’s amazing tones of blue. I love vintage lettering, block lettering in vintage ads, and like what you’d see on 1940s post cards or letters. This writing emerges on a post card and with each letter is all the emotions that a person feels as they are writing home or to a lover. I love people, nature, and hearts. My art is a combination of all these elements, and that everything is possible. I hope people know that. I’m still growing so we’ll see.
5. What’s your motto or words you live by?
Let the kid play. I think about lots of kids at a certain age and myself. The kid who doesn’t question if this is right. She just draws, has fun, and just loves. Real story. I want to get back to that. I try to live by that. Walt Disney said,” That’s the trouble with the world,too many people grow up. ” I’m not by any means perfect. I try to be a good person. As for words: love and choice
6. What artist inspires you?
I love the radical James Victore. I love Frida Kahlo. Her life is right there on the canvas. Raphael’s School of Athens is my favorite. Eric Carle’s collage art is amazing! There are tons more. I get obsessed with a song. I want to know who wrote it and why. Just learned about the artist Tracy Emin. She said,”If I was to make art, it couldn’t be about the f***** picture, it had to be about where it was really coming from. Wow I resonate!
7. Share something fun and interesting about you?
I love music! I used to sing this song and imagine people were here from all over the world to listen to me. Nothing to do with fame but to help people. I love that I can do that with art. I’d like to write a song. I have. It would be learn the entire choreography to the Thriller song…wait that’s more than something.
8. What made me weird as a kid? Does your art benefit from this?
Oh I would always tilt my head-get lost in a thought…people would ask what I’m thinking about. I had this habit of asking why. Most teachers didn’t appreaciate that. I’ve always had this fascination with the why and process of every element that fascinates me. Sometimes it’s what doesn’t. People that know me and reading would laugh and say you still do this Mireya. I paint my thoughts and curiosity. Does that make sense?
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