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Meet The Creator of Voice of God Gallery in South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to The Creator.

The Creator, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Well, I go by The Creator or TC for short. I am 25 years old, and I am a Los Angeles based painter, sculptor, custom-denim designer, and owner of Voice of God Gallery from Oakland, California.

How I got started… well, my whole artistic journey began when I had a craving to start a clothing line. While I was trying to figure out my aesthetic, style, and identity, I felt like the brand built itself. The brand started off being called Voice Of God Clothing. The name would later be changed to Voice of God Gallery due to the shift in my artistic focus. However, the clothing behind the brand is rooted in streetwear culture that merges the concept of religion and the urban aesthetic that strategically plays with certain religious and social constructs of our time.

In the beginning, while I was working on a commissioned project of custom denim jackets, I realized I was being drawn more and more towards drawings and canvas work. Now, I am not a “trained” artist. I never went to art school. I actually hated most of the art classes I took, yet somehow, I kept being attracted to different forms of art such as stencil work, canvas pieces, and ultimately resin. After I found resin, my fate was sealed. I would say that I am making a pretty big impression and breaking barriers in the world of resin art by turning just about anything I can get my hands on into one-of-kind art pieces. From empty bottles and cans to nostalgic tokens from my childhood, the options are limitless when it comes to my art.

Has it been a smooth road?
Is anything worth it easy? No, it hasn’t been a smooth ride. I’ve seen it all from paying to be a vendor at events and not selling a single piece of art, to people I considered close to me become angry with my decision to commit to my art. Being an artist, in general, is a struggle in itself which you hardly hear about, like the pressure of having to pay bills with your art alone to then pouring your heart and soul into something and being judged by the masses on if it has monetary value or not. It’s definitely been a struggle. But at the end of the day, I wouldn’t want to struggle this much for anything else. It makes every bit of blood, sweat, and tears all worth it.

What else should we know?
I am a mixed media artist who specializes in resin artwork. With that being said, I’m known for creating never before seen or imagined before one of a kind pieces on a daily. As a company, business, and brand, I think what I’m most proud of is my growth as an artist. Seeing where I’ve come is truly inspiring for myself and for others to know that you really can build something from nothing, AND it’s okay if you don’t exactly know where you’re going. It’s really something that motivates at least myself to keep going. In addition to people telling me that I’ve inspired them or have done something inspiring really is something I never thought would happen to myself, especially in the art world. All I can be is grateful.

I have to say what sets me apart from others is commitment. I’m committed to my craft, myself, those that support me, those that depend on me. I also have a strong obligation to being able to provide a lifestyle for my team and friends to not HAVE to sacrifice their time at a 9 to 5 to pay bills and live a decent life and allow them the financial stability for them to do what they ACTUALLY want to do. To make sure that I can create that lifestyle, I don’t sleep, and I never stop working. I sleep on average 3-5 hours a night, and if I’m not editing client projects to pay my bills, then I’m most likely working on art pieces, marketing, and or branding for my company.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Being from the Bay Area, I love the amount of diversity and the variety of cultures and art forms found in this vast city. The fact that you can walk down the street and see someone trying to showcase, display, or perform their art is absolutely amazing.

I only wish this part of the world had another focus than the Hollywood lifestyle. If it was “cool” for free thought or people to at the very least think for themselves and not let social media do it for them, we could be one more step to social understanding. I hope to help change that.

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Image Credit:
DSCF1200 and DSCF1275 taken by Melanie Lim (@melanielim.jpeg); Product Shots taken by myself (The Creator); Passion Project Show – 10.06.19 -120 taken by Kayla Toledanes

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