Today we’d like to introduce you to B. Paul Morado.
Paul, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in the early 90’s, Jamaica, Queens, NY. I have been an artist since I was 9 years old. I started off painting jackets, sneakers, and bags. I picked up sculpting at age 15. It wasn’t until age 18 that I started painting on canvas. While in New York, I found it challenging to gain recognition as an artist. I decided to leave New York. As I sought out other locations around the world, I noticed a lot of my work was being bought overseas, mainly in Australia. I was curious as to why my work was so popular in this area, so I decided to go to Australia. I created an art campaign where I sold a number of paintings for a set price to fund my trip.
Australia was an open market for my whimsical artwork. This is when I started to realize that I leave this aspect of my personality in my work. I had to unlearn what I had previously taught myself in order to grow as an artist. From this realization, I created my own character; “Mr. Morado, the purple elephant”. Mr Morado is an artistic portrayal of me.
While in Australia, I sold and created artwork to prepare for my first solo show, the Year of the Circus. I created this show to give individuals a chance to view my art and start a dialogue; nothing was for sale. The show was a success. It made me realize I needed to believe in myself more as an artist. It gave me more drive and ambition. With these realization in hand, I headed back to the states.
Back home, I bumped into a colleague from Australia who set up a meeting with art dealers in Los Angeles. I arrived in LA in October 2017. These art dealers signed me. Here in LA, I have been able to re-expand my range as an artist. I jumped into projects on a larger scale: oversized canvas, wall murals, installations, etc. I also was able to return to the inception of my start as an artist–painting jackets, sneakers, and bags.
While doing these various jobs, I was offered an opportunity to work in a custom bag and shoe restoration shop in Malibu. Here, I restore and customize bags and shoes. This is where my story comes full circle. Working at this shop, I am able to do what I love and I continue to pursue my career as an independent artist.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work is primarily acrylic on canvas and sculpture works. More recently I started working in pastels and resin. As years progressed, I started using vivid color and contrast in my works. The root of my works is translated through whimsical metaphors. I have found this to be a good way to express positive and negative events in my life and relate to experiences people have or will go through.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I have dealt with this issue for some time. I always wanted to connect and Collab with different artists. Recently, I found myself building a correspondence with buyers and fellow artists through social media group chats and social clubs. I myself am always looking to connect and speak with another artist
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My Instagram (@mistermorado @moradoworld) and website (www.moradoworld.com) are primary visual platforms. So far in Los Angeles, I have created a installation for, Papillon International Bakery located, 1817 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201. Here you can eat and view artwork and custom sculpture I’ve created. I will also be at a live art battle sept 12, at Exchange LA (618 S Spring St Los Angeles, California)
- Website: Www.moradoworld.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Mistermorado
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