Today we’d like to introduce you to Viranga Wettewa.
Viranga, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Sure. I was born on a small island called Sri Lanka. My family immigrated to the United States in the early 2000’s where we ended up living in Long Beach, CA. I grew up here and attended Wilson HS and later attended Long Beach State. Drawing was just something I always did from a young age so I took the chance and decided to get my Bachelor’s in Fine Art. I was a terrible student and barely got through my courses but I spent the most time in the art studios making things and it was a huge reason I still went. It’s a constant struggle to push past the starving artist concept and be successful in an anomalous field.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m usually in my own head thinking of ideas or checking out other artists that I admire for inspiration. When I get an idea I jot it down and think of ways to get it out there. I am still in the early stages of how I want my art to be, but in the process, I enjoy trying new techniques and ideas around to see what I end up making. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t but it’s important to me to just do it so it’s a reference point to look back at.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
One tip is to go on social media and you can check for art-related events happening around you. It’s a good way to get out and experience what people are making in your own city. You come to realize it isn’t as lonely as you thought. Also, go to your local breweries, I heard they like to congregate there as well.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am currently posting my work on social media such as Instagram (@Intho.gen), it is a huge reason that keeps me motivated I love getting feedback from friends and random strangers from all over. It’s an awesome tool for artists of any kind to connect with like-minded people who are also interested in what you have to produce. I also get to see what my friends are having for brunch.
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