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Conversations with Monic Reyes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monic Reyes.

Hi Monic, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a self-taught contemporary artist born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. From a young age, I would spend my time sewing clothing for my dolls and hands-on activities relating to art. I loved projects where I could express myself and use my imagination. For several years I co-designed for Malen Reyes Couture, a fashion brand created by my mother. As time passed, I ventured into other areas to explore my interests in photography and make-up artistry. In 2015, I picked up a paintbrush and created a centerpiece for my mother’s living room. Little did I know that would be the beginning that led me to pursue and enter professionally into the art world. My passion for abstract art has since been featured in several showings, exhibitions, and magazines.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, it has not been easy I have been my worst critic, and at times, mostly at the beginning of my career, that has been an obstacle nearly  stopping me from truly pursuing my passion and turning down opportunities. Now I have a very different perspective and through my journey I am proud of the evolution of my work. I am also grateful for the incredible support from my family that has encouraged me to overcome my own self-criticism and to welcome opportunity with an open mind.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I create modern fine art abstract paintings. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; my primary medium is acrylic on canvas. I love the visual thickness of textures, and I use different mediums, such as gels and modeling paste. As an artist, I aim to transfer every feeling, thought, or idea in every painting, giving real meaning to my work. My key objective is to make people feel a connection or relate an emotion, then create an idea of what my art means to them, and whatever that may be, I feel accomplished.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc.?
I use numerous resources to name them all, but I’m appreciative of the history and for the talented artists who have shared their life’s work,  techniques and advice.

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Image Credits
Photographer: Joan Karel Hair/Makeup: Artist Letty Barolia Fashion Designer: Malen Reyes

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