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Meet Sofia Olivas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sofia Olivas.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My journey as an artist began when I was a little kid. I am fortunate to have parents that encouraged my artistic tendencies throughout my childhood, putting me in art classes, buying me materials, and hiring private art tutors for me. As a senior in high school I realized that art could possibly be a career for me after winning awards for two years in a row in our local art show, the San Dimas Festival of Arts. That’s when I applied to Otis College of Art and Design and began my art school journey.

During my time at Otis I gained so many skills that have benefited me greatly post Grad. I studied Communication Arts, Majoring in Illustration and minoring in Book Arts but learned a wide range of skills such as branding, graphic design, sculpting, advertising, printmaking and book making. These skills have contributed greatly to where I am today as an artist and as a business person.

The last year of my education was difficult for me, but through self-determination and support I graduated May 2017, 6 months pregnant with my first child. I had my daughter August of that year.

Being a mother has greatly influenced the path I’ve made for myself Post Grad. When my daughter was 6 months old, I began building a small graphic design business, 123 Design and Print, which allowed me to work from home and contribute to my family’s income. When my daughter was around 1 year old, I began building my second small business, Paint Space, which is a Mobile Art Party Supply. Basically, I bring all materials needed to have a painting party, and instruct the painting while guests enjoy snacks, beverages and good company. I hope to grow my businesses and build Paint Space into an Art Studio someday.

Illustration has somewhat been on the back burner at this stage in my motherhood and business journey but I do hope to illustrate, write and publish my own children’s book someday, as while as do editorial illustration.

Please tell us about your art.
In my personal work I am a storyteller. I love creating imagery that tells a story to the viewer, and I often incorporate humor into the art I make. Bright colors are often juxtaposed with deeper or darker subject matter to give an interesting take on these visual stories. I also like to incorporate nature, and childlike vibes in my art as well, because it mirrors my nature. I hope people enjoy my art visually and maybe chuckle at the concepts behind them.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I feel it is the artist’s job to use our gifts to communicate our justices and truths in an out-of-the-box way that may be more impactful, especially in this day and age. National news does impact me and many people around me, which compelled me to create an installation piece called “The Wall”, where I demonstrated how I respond to political news in one way I knew how, through art.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my personal art at my website The best way people can support me right now would be just by keeping me in mind for any Illustration, Paint Party or Graphic Design needs. Feel free to follow my personal Instagram @olivejuiceofie and my businesses and @123designandprint. 🙂

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Image Credit:
Head shot taken by Stephanie Adair Photography. Follow her on Instagram @stephanieadair_
All other images were created and documented by me, Sofia Olivas.

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