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Conversations with Muka

Today we’d like to introduce you to Muka.

Hi Muka, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My journey to where I am today in my art career has been wild! In 2018, I packed up all of my things in my hometown of Houston, Texas and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Public Relations. It was going well but after a while, I got really depressed and was not really living the dream life I wanted. So, in late 2019, I decided to quit my job and go full time into making art because art has always been what’s made me happy. It wasn’t until the summer of 2020 that I finally had the courage to start showing my art and posting it for sale, and shortly after I made that decision, everything exploded! Within weeks I was in a gallery show, I sold two paintings, 1 of which was to a collector in Hong Kong. Things starting moving and fast! I believe the reason it started going so well for me was because when I finally decided that THIS was my path, I really hit the found running and never stopped working, researching galleries and ways to market myself.

People really notice your confidence and work ethic so I think it’s really important to find that in yourself no matter what path you choose. I want to take this moment to really thank ShockBoxx Gallery and Mike Collins because they’ve really helped me build myself into the artist that I am today! Because of how I got to where I am, it is very important to me to create authentic art that speaks to the innocence we all have within whether we recognize it or not. My goal with every piece is to capture your attention with something that feels warm, happy and nostalgic and then makes you reflect on where you are today and if it’s somewhere you like to be. After battling severe depression, anxiety, and ptsd for years, I finally accepted help and set off on my own personal mental health journey. Through countless hours of therapy and diving head on into past traumas and ideas, each of my pieces is born. They reflect and honor the child that was forced to grow up too soon, the young adult that was trapped in everyone else’s world and the grateful woman who now takes pride in showing that it’s okay to not be okay, but it is also okay to be okay.

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?
There have been so many struggles on the path that has led me here but the biggest one has definitely been my mental health. When I first started, I was in a state of depression that has come in waves even up to now. It’s been such a labor of love for myself and my art to make a decision to really work on how I talked to myself and how I saw myself. Some days it’s really easy to just get up and create something that I think is beautiful and other days, I can’t create anything and beat myself up about it really badly. I start to feel like I’m going to become irrelevant or like my skills will fade but I’ve learned to embrace my own rhythm as an artist and that’s been such a struggle. Comparing myself to other artists was the biggest hurdle I faced early on but through focusing on myself, I’ve been able to keep my mind healthy and have been able to really grow my brand into something I am proud of.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a multi-media artist who uses techniques that include charcoal, acrylic, spray paint, oil pastel, ink and using burning candles to paint with smoke. I draw inspiration from my own mental health journey as well as trending topics in modern society. By combining both, my style comes alive with bold, snarky, and colorful statement pieces. I am most proud of how far I have come in such a short amount of time as a career artist. My art can be found in numerous international private collections as well as gallery showings.

I would probably say that the one thing that sets me apart from others is the type of content I create. My paintings mainly include some type of teddy bear because I love how relatable they are to basically everyone and I loves conveying warmth, love and authenticity to my audience. The biggest compliment I could ever receive Is when someone comments on how happy or nostalgic my art make them feel…there’s enough darkness in the world, I want to just have color everywhere!

Any big plans?
My plans for the future are definitely to keep expanding my portfolio with fresh art ideas, some murals and more commission-based work. I also plan to keep working on my reach by searching for more galleries and opportunities across the globe! The thing I am MOST excited for is that I’ve outgrown my current space so I’ve started my search for a bigger studio space that I plan on naming Atelier MUKA.

Pricing:

  • Prints $90
  • Originals starting at $125-$3500

Contact Info:

  • Email: artbymuka@gmail.com
  • Website: www.artbymuka.com
  • Instagram: @artbymuka
  • Facebook: @artymuka
  • Youtube: Art by muka

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