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Check out Krista Parada’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krista Parada.

Krista, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Art was something I was always drawn to. It was my escape from whatever was troubling me. It was just a natural hobby I picked up. As a kid growing up in Pomona, I wasn’t really exposed to the immense world of art and what it offered. It wasn’t until high school that I understood that I can really do a lot with my art. My art teacher, Marcella Swett, took me under her wing and exposed me to so many amazing artists. When I was 14 years old, I participated in my first Chalk Festival in Pasadena and instantly fell in love with this media. I haven’t stopped since. I then started painting more in high school, focusing more on portraiture. The first art show I showed in was in Pomona, at The DA Gallery. I was terrified, nervous, excited, but I was hooked. I think the fact that this was a way of connecting with other people is what made me feel confident and motivated to create more and to explore more of what I could do to improve as an artist. After high school, I continued with my art and with my chalk murals, but I slowed down. Life has a way of knocking you off your path from time to time. So I didn’t really push with showing as much as I had planned to. I never stopped drawing though. Through my early twenties, I went through a lot of hardships and heartbreaks. All of this heavily influenced my art. It was more than just painting; it was therapy for me. It became a form of expression, a way for me to take away the pain and morph it into colors and imagery. I started to explore my roots more, and this influenced my art as well. I find that it is important to know where you come from in order to understand who you are. Looking back at my art I see what it has progressed to; I see my self-growth. Not only as an artist but as a woman.

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 art is a culmination of my ancestry, my environment, female empowerment, self-love, and whatever I’m feeling at that moment. I love to paint strong brown female figures because I feel like there should be more imagery of this. I grew up in a predominately Chicanx community, and this has definitely had an impact on my style and subjects. I’ve delved into learning more about my Aztec and indigenous roots, and this has been another big inspiration for me. The one thing that I want to show is a more intimate perspective of my culture, of myself. The subjects that I paint have strength and purpose. I want people to feel empowered by my art, to feel inspired. I want them to know that beauty comes in all forms. I want the younger generation to see my art and feel more assured of who they are and what they can do. My artwork is a reflection of who I am, and it will grow as time goes on.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I feel like we have more opportunities as an artist today, more sources of showing our work like social media. Instagram has helped me gain more recognition and has helped me discover so many amazing artists. Being an artist or creative is never going to be an easy road. Its still requires so much hard work and time. I feel as a Chicanx living in the LA area I have had more opportunities in not only showing my work but meeting so many other WOC artist. It’s a beautiful community who shows so much support for one another. I think we need more of that energy, more of that love spread around within the artist community. Coming into this art world is kinda intimidating, especially if you’re learning as you go and doing most everything on your own. That’s how I felt at first, but you have to remember your strength and your goals. Be proud of yourself but be humble. Share advice and teach one another. Most importantly have fun and don’t hold back.

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?
I currently have my solo exhibit at Mi Vida Boutique in NELA, “Hijas Del Sol”. It will be up for the rest of September.

I also have a piece up at the New Key Gallery in Los Angeles which will be up for a few weeks. As far as future shows, I’m still in the works with a few art shows in the next months. To keep up with upcoming shows or just to see what I’m working on people can follow me on Instagram: @kittykap90 or go to my website,

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