Today we’d like to introduce you to Freddy Negrete.
Freddy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I created art all my life. I always pretty much kept it to myself. I would always be told by people I share my art with, “you should do something with your art”. For quite some time I would here that but I would always think to myself “why me”. I mean I didn’t go to art school. All the time I created was for fun and still is. It was until July of last year when I decided to participate in the Downtown LA Artwalk. I took a bunch of my pieces, made shirts and stickers. The turnout was great and the response was awesome. The best part was meeting people. Talking about art. Young artist asking me for advice (really?). It was a great experience and from there my creative juices started to flow. I started looking for other events I could participate in. Met other artist and the events kept coming. All this I can say is happening pretty fast but I’m nowhere near what I would like to accomplish. My own place. My own studio gallery where I can open it up to other artist who want a place to create and share their work. I believe I can do it. Just have to keep working.
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 don’t think it’s was a smooth road. I still don’t think it is and will ever be. It’s just a matter on how you react towards the struggle. Like I said earlier, I created art all my life. Braddock Elementary School I doodled all over my classwork and homework. Marina Del Rey Jr HS I started drawing Marvel characters. Venice HS I took a painting and drawing class (hated painting, too messy). In HS I also designed a logo for a club, did a flier and wrote some stuff for the school newspaper. After HS is when it got fun. I went to school for, NO not art. I never thought about getting paid for my art. Nobody told me. Nobody showed me and you know what, it was nobody’s fault but my own. PEOPLE! HAVE FAITH IN YOUR ABILITIES! So yeah, I went for Electronic Engineering. I won’t knock it. It eventually landed me the job I have today that funds my artwork. But during that time my art stopped. I finished school. Got married at 21! WOAH! Had my first kid at 23 and twins at 26. Five months later I got divorced. And still no art. So I have school debt, I’m earning minimum wage, I have three babies that I love so dearly to worry about, contemplating bankruptcy and no art. After about 6 more years of crap I decided to clean out some old stuff and I found my old (holding back tears as I write this) HS sketchbook. My 11in x 14in blackbook. It was like it was just there waiting for me. I opened it up, grabbed a pencil and started to doodle. It felt so good. After all these years as if I never stopped drawing but even better. So good that I decided to go to the local art store Continental Art Supplies in Reseda (RIP). I was so overwhelmed on how much stuff was there. I even got emotional when I saw the Pigma Micron display. All the pens I wanted as a youngster but couldn’t afford. You can bet your ass I bought all the sizes that day. It was art heaven. It was like I was in prison for so many years, finally got out and was like “DAMN!” What to do now. I believe that was the day my art dream began. So there is always going to be a struggle. Just surround yourself with positivity and a true support system and you’ll be ok. Don’ be an asshole.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about MVMP (MyVisionMyPlanet) – what should we know?
MVMP (MyVisionMyPlanet) wasn’t the first name I first chose. There was “Sticks and Stones”, “Vision Planet”, “Vision Square” and many others. I guess I stuck with MyVisionMyPlanet because that’s exactly what I’m creating and MVMP has a nice ring to it. I spell it all together because the city spelled it that way (error) when I registered my business. I like it. I pretty much create whatever I want using mixed medium. I paint on canvas and wood. Sometimes I make prints, stickers, pins and shirts of my original pieces. But I believe my specialty would be my drawing ability. I don’t do much “life drawing”, “abstract” or any other genres you can think of. Honestly I don’t even know what to call my art other than “my own”. I recommend you check out my “stippling” technique. It takes a lot of time and patience. Some would say its “tedious”, but in the end it looks amazing and it’s mine. It’s MyVisionMyPlanet.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I don’t think only creating good work will take you far. I believe being able to communicate properly with others is very important. It’s very important in any kind of relationship. People have questions. They want to understand. They want to know why. “What’s your story man?” If you can communicate well, show you’re interested in their interest you’ll gain at the very least a follower. And to me it’s a great honor for anyone to follow me because they like my work. I mean DANG! Thank you so much. It only makes me feel like stepping it up. I feel like giving you guy’s free stuff. But this stuff aint cheap and I already went bankrupt once. So, yeah. That being said, pretty please with black pigma ink on top. Please support your hustling local artist and buy something. It’ll make our day and we’ll greatly appreciate it.
- Prints from $5-$30
- Originals from $20-$200
- Pins, Patches, Stickers $1-$5
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @_mvmp_
- Facebook: MyVisionMyPlanet