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Check Out Mercedes Bazan’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mercedes Bazan.

Hi Mercedes, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. While studying, I worked as an office manager in a small agency in Buenos Aires. At some point, I also worked as an editorial designer for an underground fashion magazine. I later realized that I could not sustain that so I decided to be a UI designer.

School was very demanding, but at the end of my studies, I had a big portfolio full of university projects. Was thanks to that, I got an email from a startup called Stripe. They liked my work and thought I could be a good fit for the company. After numerous interviews, I got the job as a graphic designer. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me because it changed my life. I moved from Buenos Aires to San Francisco, California and started a new life.

After a year and a half later, my US visa expired. The company I worked for proposed that I go to Dublin to work from their offices until I got my US visa renewed, and I did so. I spent a year and a half living in Ireland and learning a lot about myself. I was going through some sort of depression at that time and got myself into illustrating something I have always loved: anime. After that moment, I started balancing my freelance life with my full-time job, and it was not easy. Yet somehow, I managed to do that and started getting a lot of commissions requests.

I finally got my US visa in 2019 and came back to United States. I adopted a cat and felt I was on top of the world. I have worked with cool clients thanks to illustration. It gives me a lot of joy to illustrate.

I am a blessed person and I am truly grateful for all the people who gave me these opportunities. I don’t take anything for granted and I am conscious about my privileges.

I wish one day I can be in a place I can provide work opportunities for people in Latin America.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My journey wasn’t easy. I went through depression and anxiety because I needed to make new friends and speak in a language I was not comfortable with.

I also felt detachment from my country and I missed my family.

I know that these were “good problems”. I told myself not to complain because people go through real problems in life. So in my opinion, my struggle was a privileged struggle.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am proud to be here.

I felt I put myself through uncomfortable things and challenges because I was afraid of losing opportunities. And that gave me a lot of experience.

I am also proud to be doing what I do.

I don’t think my art is one of a kind. I get inspiration from a lot of amazing artists. I try to be true to myself and illustrate things I like. I feel people see that in my work and maybe that is why they enjoy it.

In my work, I like to showcase bright colors, geometric shapes and powerful women.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
Thanks for reading my story and I hope you enjoyed it.

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