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Meet Christian Guillermo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Guillermo.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My family has the story. I was influenced by them and how cool they were to me: my mom competed in the Philippines and Japan as a solo singer in the 70s, my dad always played classic rock and jazz records on Sunday mornings, and my two older brothers played basketball. I wasn’t sure if I inherited any creative traits.

I picked up drawing in elementary school and wanted to be serious about it at the end of high school. After taking a couple drawing classes in community college, I felt limited and unmotivated. Instead, I gravitated towards design and the range it offered. I was a full-time student and worked two jobs when I studied graphic design at CSULB, but I was enjoying learning and exploring about it. Now I’ve had the opportunities to work with education, filmmakers, television programs, clothing companies, and recording artists.

Please tell us about your art.
I make artwork that reflect my everyday experiences and interests- mostly stories, interactions with people/things, and ideas. I shoot 35mm film also. They come from mundane and humorous places to euphoric and simple moments.

I usually conceptualize around a poster format because it’s fun to experiment with and quick to push out. A lot of my inspiration comes from pop culture and overlooked visual milestones I used to see as a kid- B-grade VHS covers, record sleeves, and diy flyers. Taking photos is a homage to my family, who kept moments for us, but had the physical photos developed in front of them. I wanted to make my photos live outside of the internet and exist.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My advice would be to explore everything, work with different mediums to make you better- you can always learn something. You should also work with other people who share your perspective and continue to build off that relationship- it’ll be extremely valuable to have partners in other work efforts, with mutual understanding and goals and efficient execution/delivery. Stay together, work together. A lesson I wished I knew earlier would be to embrace failure. You will grow as an artist and person if you fail- you gain perspective and a nudge to conquer your challenges from that point on. So, fail more, grow more.

If you create something, it doesn’t belong to you anymore, the universe has it now, so we share it. Keep creating, keep sharing, you and the world will get better.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have some work that lives on the internet- my website (containing my portfolio), Instagram, and Tumblr sometimes. I also have some posters and screen prints that will be up for sale soon and plotting some guerrilla marketing in my neighborhood (Highland Park) down the line. People can support by sharing resources and information with each other and continuing to collaborate on exciting ideas. Keep building.

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Image Credit:
Bell Ad, Kanye West, Kid Cudi

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