Today we’d like to introduce you to Alejandra Camargo.
Alejandra, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m a Dallas-based Graphic Designer, Artist and Muralist, born in Miami Beach, Florida and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Because of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela me and my husband decided to move to United States 4 years ago. It was a very tough decision, leaving everything behind, our work, our family and our friends, but we didn’t have a choice, we saw no future, and no present, because every day was a struggle and I was living in fear. We got mugged a couple of times and they almost kidnaped me in one occasion, after that, my life changed and I was always in paranoia. The best of living here in the United States is the feeling of security, were you could perform the simple task of going to the supermarket in the middle of the night without the fear of something happening to you.
I graduated with a degree in graphic design from “El Instituto de Diseño de Caracas” in Venezuela, and I have been working as an Art Director in Advertising for more than 10 years. Simultaneously I have been working nights and weekends on my passion, painting, which has led me to do collective and solo shows in Venezuela, Mexico and the USA.
I work now as a Digital Art Director at Publicis Hawkeye, have murals in Oak Cliff, Deep Ellum, the Design District, and Plano, and also have custom B&G Letters in East Dallas. I’m also an “Art Con” artist and recently I have done collective and solo shows in the city.
Since I have a full-time job, I have to work on my art in the night and on the weekends. I can do it thanks to the support of my husband, he is a Director of Strategy at Richards Lerma, and even though he is not an artist or painter, he completely supports me, assists me, and even paints with me.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
The concept of my art is “The Energy of Happiness”. The idea behind it is that emotions can be transferred from one entity to another, I chooses to paint only those things that provoke or awake positive emotions, because I think that my paintings can become vessels of happiness. There is too much sadness in the world and I don’t want my paintings to reflect that.
I also use a lot of Venezuela and Dallas references in my work. You also will note that in all of my work people have close eyes and I will open their eyes when Venezuela become a free country.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I come from a country that is under a dictatorship that has brought with it economic and social chaos, right now in Venezuela there are no opportunities for anything. There is huge contrast between what I lived in Venezuela and what I found here in Dallas, we are so privileged here and have so many opportunities that is tough for me to say that there are any big challenges. I’m very grateful for everything this city has given me.
Nonetheless I do believe there are challenges that and artist can face in their lives, but I believe those challenges are internal, those challenges are with yourself. To succeed you can’t be lazy, or be negative, if you have a full-time job, you should be grateful and work in your art in you time off, on weekends, nights, and vacations. Everybody struggles, but it’s in you to make the necessary sacrifices for what you love and what you are passioned about.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
They can go to my website and Instagram account, I’m always sharing my work there. I have a mural in Deep Ellum (in front of serious pizza) that I did for 42murals project. I also have a Mural in Oak cliff at “Marochas Bakery” and another one in Plano at Utopia food and fitness. I also have Dallas B&G letters at East Dallas in front of “Good Friends and beer garden”. Coors light made a short documentary film about my story with the campaign “My climb, my story” that you can find in the link below.
Contact me on my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: alejandracamargo.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: alelaracamargo
- Other: https://www.behance.net/camargo
Taken by Carlos Rodriguez, Ethan Nguyen, Emiro Echenagucia and Nikki Greer Dukowitz. Thank you all!