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Meet Bleu Avina in Frogtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bleu Avina.

Bleu, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was about twelve years old when I started making art. I met a new friend at the time who showed me his sketch books. He was doing some pretty wild stuff, especially for his age. It was a monkey see monkey do a thing after that. I would draw a lot with pencil and micron pens. Then I got into using various mediums like ink, conte crayon, charcoal, water color, oil paint, acrylics and later, on film photography. I’ve always loved exploring different mediums, finding ones that suit you as you develop a new style. I got really into free hand asemic art, something about letting your hand move on instinct felt primal. I loved that. I started getting really into street art, large scale paintings, mural work, and the art of Keith Haring. I loved his bold African looking line work and the way it communicated with the viewer. His style had a huge impact on my work and the way I thought about art. I was constantly trying to emulate his work. He’s still one of my biggest inspirations.

I was about twenty-two, when I started playing guitar. Around the same time, I was painting murals. I had always wanted to write my own songs, so anytime I learned something new on guitar I would usually turn it into a song. I became infatuated with that idea and wrote new songs the same way I would make visual art. One here and there or small batches of songs similar in style. That’s kind of been the way my creative process works. Im not a musician. I don’t know theory or what key I’m playing in, and I can’t improvise for shit. Trying to change that haha. At the moment, I am working on new songs, playing drums and piano. I finally have a band together, so trying to navigate that as well.

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?
I always struggle to find a balance between visual art and music. They both require a decent amount of time and energy. I go through phases where I’m working on one more than the other. Ultimately, I’d like to blend the two. I’m getting better at that. It’s difficult sometimes though, especially with working a full-time job. Being tired from work and trying to find the motivation to create. Sometimes, I end up taking a nap instead.

Please tell us about Bleu Avina.
Well, I’m not a company. I’ll do freelance work with art here and there. But, for the most part, I don’t make any money from either art or music. It’s actually the other way around. I spend quite a bit of money anytime I want to work on a new art project or I want a new piece of music equipment. I think what might set me apart from others is the love I have for what I do. I am not creating work for praise or fame like a lot of people seem to be doing in Los Angeles. I am doing it because it’s what I love and a part of my everyday life. Evolving as an artist excites me and I look forward to those awkward changes.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
That’s a hard question. I don’t think I have a single favorite memory. I like to think back on the memories I have skateboarding with my friends around the town we grew up in. Those were some of my favorite times as a kid. Exploring every nook and cranny of the place you’re from. Getting into trouble, going to house parties and trying to hook up with girls. Good times.

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Tyler Wilson

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