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is a young local artist, 21, born in Torrance and raised in Norwalk, CA. She recently picked up a new hobby back in 2013 of February and didn’t realize it would be the start of her career. Mariela Angela gravitated towards oil painting and took it up as a hobby and also enjoys hip hop, so she paints them. As the year progressed so did her paintings, early this year she opened her very first solo art show, 21 series, and each art pieces range from $300 – $2000. After the successful response for her art, her oil paintings have created a huge buzz in the pop culture world and received many opportunities for herself in just less than a year; her art has slowly gained more recognition. Mariela Angela has targeted the youth and created a new culture and a movement of art.
Gene Valerie: how would you describe your art?
Mariela Angela: “It’s like if Van Gough was born in the 90s and f**ked with a lot of hip hop artists. It’s the thick brushstrokes. I didn’t realize it at first, because originally I wanted to be hyper realistic and paint really smooth, but I could never get it.”
GV: When was the first time you’ve ever touched oil paint?
MA: “February of 2013″
GV: When did you start painting?
MA: “2013. But I didn’t really have a grasp of what I wanted to do, it was just a hobby to kill time. I just put my playlist on shuffle and whatever played I was going to paint that artist.”
GV: How did your environment push you to start? And why paint pop culture?
MA: “I’ve always liked hip hop, I grew up with it. It wasn’t like I’m going to start painting and paint hip hop artists, I wanted to paint what I love.”
GV: Who’s your favorite artist?
MA: “Tyler the creator. He was actually the one that inspired me to paint.”
GV: So when did you take painting seriously?
MA: “It was in 2014 when my friends saw my art and really pushed me to do more with it. It was that push that really started it, and that year I was trying to find everything and figure out what my style was and what I wanted to do. And by 2015 I said okay, this is my actual career and I started to expand more.
GV: Were you always into art?
MA: “It’s funny because I used to never like art, when I was a kid I wanted to be a lawyer. I took art in high school but I didn’t really take it seriously and I wasn’t the best in class. I got a “C” in art class. But now looking back, I wish I did.”
GV: Tell me about 21 series?
MA: “It was at the Ace Gallery in LA. It was originally supposed to be for my 21st birthday and then we decided to make it into an art show. 21 series reflects myself as a 21 year old. I really didn’t expect a lot of people to notice it and didn’t expect it to buzz. I’m still really high off of it. “
GV: 21 Series have unrealistic skin colors incorporated in them, what made you paint it that way?
MA: “That’s just how I see people now. When I started painting them, my perspective changed. I’ll see a person’s face and I’ll see the color green or the color blue on their face.”
GV: What is the hardest feature to paint?
MA: “Hands. It’s hard.”
GV: Since you paint pop culture, how do you feel about people categorizing your work as fan art?
MA: “When I paint them I listen to their music. I’m able to get their vision into a canvas. So it’s like a collaborative piece, it’s me, them, and their music.”
GV: Since 21 series is done, what are you going to paint next?
MA: “I started on a Wiz Khalifa oil painting, but I don’t really know what to paint yet.”
GV: Are you always going to paint hip hop artists?
MA: “Yes, because it’s genuine and it’s what I really like.”
GV: What will you change?
MA: “I’m always going to be doing oil painting. I just know that I want to do bigger life-size pieces.”
GV: Do you want your art to be in a museum someday?
MA: “I want to own one. But in the next two years or so I want to open a cafe/gallery in LA. I want to give our generation and the next a platform for their creativity. That’s my next big goal.”
GV: How do you keep yourself innovative and different?
MA: “I don’t think anybody has ever touched oil before and that’s a big thing I take pride in. When people hear oil paint they think fat babies, Van Gogh, landscapes, and all the traditional things. I’m using a traditional medium and I’m doing something modern and pop culture. Our generation is able to appreciate it because they’re looking at something they’re familiar with, which are these artists.”
GV: Where will you be in 5 years?
MA: “In 5 years I plan to be off of social media. Social media was a good stepping stone, it was cool, but I know that this is just for me. I want my name to mean something and I’ll still paint, but I won’t be posting it up anymore.”