Today we’d like to introduce you to Alby Rodriguez.
Alby, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started when I was a little girl. I’ve always loved drawing, painting and doing any type of arts and craft. In school, all of my classmates would always ask me to help with their projects, especially anything that dealt with art.
When I was very young, I suffered a very traumatic experience that causes a lifetime battle with depression. Art was my coping mechanism. Art is how I expressed how I felt. Before I knew it, I got pregnant with my firstborn, Athen. I stopped doing anything that dealt with art because I was too busy raising him on my own. Many years passed before I met someone who would later become my husband and father of my second and third child, Khloe & Gambit, and would encourage me to do the things that I loved most. I started attending E.I. School of Professional Make Up where I made lifelong friends and learned how to explore my creativity.
My husband wanted to help me however he could so he took up photography to help me build my portfolio. He would take days off from work just to come take pictures of my work as well as my classmates during our finals.
I completed school and became a Certified Makeup Artist and started doing make up for Weddings and Sweet 15’s. One day, while waiting for my husband to get out of the restroom, I started drawing with my daughter at the dinner table. I painted a Beauty and the Beast & Maleficent on paper using my Khloe’s watercolors. My husband was amazed and so was everyone else that we knew how unique it looked. I shared it on my Instagram, which at the time was named Makeup By Alby, and people were offering to buy those pieces of paper. That’s when it all started, I started buying canvases in all sizes and started painting on them.
I started posting all of my creations on social media and people were asking me to recreate paintings they had seen or create custom paintings for them. I started applying what I learned in school and started sculpting as well. I still suffer from depression, but I have my art that helps me until it passes. Now, I have revamped my social media account, now called Bappyz Kreationz, and promote all of my business there. I now work part-time with animals and constantly working with my clients and their custom orders and helping my husband with his photography as his official makeup artist and second photographer in training.
I have become more and more interested in photography and have started to learn by shooting my cats. I appreciate it as a new form of art. I’ve practiced on my cats and occasionally pick up the camera to assist my husband during his events.
Great, 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?
My biggest struggle has and always will be my depression. I’ve suffered with it since I was very young. Even though art has helped me to deal with it, it is still a struggle to get started. I wake up sometimes and have no energy to do anything but sleep all day. It has gotten so bad that I even needed medical attention at one point.
It was a wake-up call for me seeing all the people who cared about me wishing me well and pushing me to keep being creative, to keep fighting and pushing forward. Some of my earlier art reflected a lot of my feelings. At one point, I created my very own character named Alice. I can actually say that she is the representation of my emotions. If you were to see a lot of my newer paintings, you wouldn’t even guess I was dealing with depression.
Because of my depression, I’ve also had issues with my confidence. Sometimes I think my clients won’t like their paintings just to realize I was overthinking the whole time and they actually loved their pieces of art. It’s hard being your own critic.
Please tell us about Bappyz Kreationz.
My business has gone through some changes recently. When I first started, my business name was Makeup by Alby. It was strictly everything makeup until I starting painting. My family love puns and making fun of each other for mispronouncing words. One day while hanging out with my cousins, instead of saying “I feel happy”, I said, “I feel happy”. They never let me forget it. My husband was always calling me Bappy because of that mistake and eventually it grew on me. I revamped by Instagram and named it, Bappyz Kreationz. I now mostly focus on anything that deals with art. I do canvas paintings in all sizes, sculpting, and custom arts and crafts creations.
I specialize in canvas paintings using acrylic and watercolors. I like to infuse both into my art. I recently started using PrismaColor pencils in my art as well. At the moment, I’m currently experimenting with my own custom style, which will incorporate sculpting, acrylic paint, and pop up background and cut into a specific design to create one complete art piece. My husband gave me a Cricut Explore Air last year and now I’m starting to experiment with vinyl prints & heat transfer as well. I get a lot of practice helping my husband create custom wedding vinyl prints on glass.
What I’m most proud of is knowing that my art exists in homes throughout LA. I’ve had clients come back for more than one of my paintings. Its an amazing feeling knowing that years from now when I’m long gone from this earth, that a little piece of me will remain on this earth through my art.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I was little, my grandmother who has since passed away, use to love art. She would color and create flowers using the napkins at the table. Seeing how she could turn something as simple as a napkin into a beautiful work of art was something that stuck with me. She loved vibrant colors and flowers and I believe that is the main reason why one of my favorite painters of all time is Frida Kahlo.
It’s hard for me to think back to my childhood and think of a happy moment due to the trauma I went through but I would like to believe that it made me who I am today, as a mother, wife and as an artist.
- All my prices depend on the size and complexity of the artwork they would like. It can range from $40 to $300
- Address: 1575 1/2 W 29th St Los Angeles Ca 90007
- Phone: 3239018508
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/bappyz_Kreationz