*This article was originally published on October 1, 2015 and has been modified and updated for our new website. This interview was translated from Spanish to English.
Lourdes Villagomez is a Mexican artist who is famous for creating colorful murals inspired by her by heritage.
Villagomez earned her degree in graphic design from Iberoamericana University in Mexico City and uses acrylic paints as her main technique—describing her artistic style as "fresh" and "full of color."
We spoke to her about what it’s like to pursue a career as an artist and why it’s important for her to create pieces that reflect her culture.
“I feel proud to be Mexican...We have a magical country with great history and I want to show it to people who don’t know it.”
— Lourdes Villagomez
How did you get started in drawing and painting?
When I was in elementary school, I took classes for oil painting in the afternoons. It was always something I loved to do.
Who or what is your inspiration for art?
I get inspired a lot in Mexico City. I love walking around and finding specific shapes, patterns, or colors that I then use in my art afterwards. I love going to the markets and seeing the colors and folklore, which also inspire me to create my art pieces.
How long does it take you to paint an acrylic canvas that is 80 x 110?
Approximately two weeks.
Did your parents support you pursuing a career in art?
Yes, since I studied graphic design and worked for four years in this field my dad told me to continue down this path and that he would support my work in art, but to never leave behind design. When I made the decision to go to Italy and study painting they supported me and gave me lots of encouragement to pursue my passion.
Have you had difficult moments professionally?
In the beginning. I had to knock on a few doors and many of my requests were denied. When I didn't have a lot of luck there were times when I would doubt myself, but perseverance allowed me to find a few opportunities that helped open new paths for me.
Why is it important for you to represent Mexico in your art?
I like to represent my country because I am proud of being Mexican. I believe we have a magical country with lots of amazing history and I would like to show that to people who aren't familiar with Mexico.
What advice do you have for others who are interested in pursuing art?
It's an especially gratifying job to be able to do what you love most each day. It's a blessing and so I would advise people to follow their passions and to study what they love most.
In the future, what moment would make you think “I've made it”?
I think I've already made it because I get to do what I love the most every day. I truly enjoy my work and I think that is more valuable than anything else. Speaking of professional success, it would be difficult to say I have a final goal, but I believe in working each day to reach new goals.
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