Tell us about your brand.
I created My Little Piñatas years ago to fulfill a simple purpose of having a little piñata to hang on the rear view mirror of my car and then it turned into something much bigger. After searching many places and traveling to Los Angeles and Mexico City, I couldn't find exactly what my mind envisioned so I created it. After much trial and error, I finally perfected the creation method to mass produce my little piñatas and defined a greater purpose.
As a Chicano, my culture and family childhood memories had a huge impact on my creative development. Piñatas were a staple at my family birthday parties. Those parties brought my family together to celebrate life milestones and it was fun! The colorful designs of the piñatas always captivated my imagination and I always wanted to be the one to break it open.
The piñata has served my community in many ways which has brought people together to celebrate our life and culture. It has become an icon within Latinx culture and I love it. My Little Piñatas celebrates art and culture through it's colorful and unique piñata designs. It offers anyone the opportunity to celebrate Latinx culture by preserving these creative colorful pieces of art and sharing them with others. It is a visual statement that is rooted in art, community, culture and history.
My little piñatas are made to last a long time and not to be destroyed. That design concept has defined how I want people to preserve their art and culture and share it with the world. That is, to see things in a new fresh way and to flip past ideas and judgments to connect with others and celebrate what makes us beautiful and amazing.
When did you know that this was the right path for you?
I remember one of the first art-making activities I did in kindergarten. I was given a cardboard tray and allowed to dip marbles in paint to roll around to create an abstract art piece. It was one of my earliest childhood memories that reminds me of how curious and excited I was to be able to create such a piece. That experience was the visual foundation for my creative development as a visual artist.
I clearly remember in Mrs. Leapers third grade class coming to a decision to be an artist when I grew up. I told my classmates and family and have never strayed away from that path. Visual art, visual storytelling is what I love to experience and create. It gives me the satisfaction for creative freedom to express my thoughts, opinions, and emotions that no other thing has come close.
I love making, sharing and teaching art. It is my life's passion and mission as a creative spiritual being and I am grateful for all my visual influences that have supported my path along the way.
What do you like most about what you do?
I love that I can create art that fulfills my passion and inspires and entertains others. I love working with my tools and materials to create colorful little pieces of art that find value in other people's lives.
What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your career, and how did you overcome it?
Self doubt has been my biggest challenge in my career. The negative thoughts and fear that follow has kept me stuck and allowed the process to be hard and frustrating. Through my mindfulness practices I have been able to overcome this issue. Mediation and having a growth mindset are the two biggest contributors to this successful transformation. One phase that has had a huge impact on my life in the last year is, "Live the flow, not the fear." Allowing the flow of life to happen without judgement or thought to be present in the moment, has yielded me amazing results. It's not about not having fear but not allowing fear be the driving force.
If your phone could ring right now with your dream opportunity, what would that be?
I would love to go on a little piñata art-making tour across the country. I've been featured throughout California and New Mexico and would love to have a creative studio vehicle to drive around the country to visit several states to host a pop-up gallery and teach art making activities. The experience I have with the two states I've been featured at proves to me that many more would benefit from this experience.
What do you want people to remember most about you and your career?
I want people to remember that I am grateful for their existence. I believe in order for me to exist, you must exist. We are all connected and visual art is one beautiful amazing way we can all connect and share something about how we thrive in this world.