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Life & Work with Miguel Felipe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Miguel Felipe.

Hi Miguel, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Originally born in Guatemala, my family immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1980s. Since I can remember, art has always been a vital part of my life. Growing up, the opportunities to pursue this interest were limitless. Studying under various artists and being involved in a number of nontraditional art programs in Los Angeles and San Francisco have helped me develop my skills. I have recently been drawn back into printmaking and am wanting to expose this medium to artists who have never tried it.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t always been easy for me, but bumps in the road have challenged me to better myself. In my youth, being an immigrant was my toughest struggle. Trying to reconcile three different cultures while developing a sense of belonging was complicated.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Images surround us in various forms; through advertisements, visual icons, racial stereotypes, and throughout out our popular culture. The imagery is seen within our environment and affects us on many levels. I aim to create a language through the influence of imagery that I observe within my environment. This visual language allows me to alter the context and meaning of these images, in turn creating a new lens. This begins a process wherein which viewers can create new context and meaning.

How do you think about luck?
I have stumbled across the right artist, mentors, and friends who have inspired me to grow as well as question myself to be able to be where I’m now…

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Image Credits:

Nino Bales, Gil Ortiz, Miguel Felipe

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