We were lucky to catch up with Luis Figueroa recently and have shared our conversation below.
Hi Luis, thanks for joining us today. We’d love to hear about a project that you’ve worked on that’s meant a lot to you.
When I had a family member that got really sick, it was a serious condition and the medical expenses were going to be astronomical. I painted a small canvas and donated some other paintings to auction off. All the proceeds went to her fund to pay for the bills. She and I were not very close, we did spend some time together when we would visit. But I knew I could do something so I did what I could, make some art. People liked them and we were able to send some money over to them to help out.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your background and context?
Well, I have always liked to draw that was my introduction to the creative world. Started off with the regular subjects that all young boys like, dinosaurs, Spiderman, monsters. But it wasn’t until middle school I really got into it more, I started to read comics and then copying the drawings I liked the most. Once I got to high school I was good enough that I could draw my own original ideas, and keep doing that with some friends that we would compete to see who had the coolest drawing. We were huge nerds, still are but that’s ok. Now I got my art degree and have made a few murals since then, had some shows in my home town. Now I live in Raleigh and am working on new things to put out into the world. I think what sets me apart from other clients is my ability to capture a feeling, or idea. My use of color too is something I am always working on. That is one thing I am most proud of. I am a person that never let there creative side die, I want to spread the truth. The answers you seek are inside of you.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
The magical feeling of being in the “zone” where time no longer exist, and your hands are doing all the right movements. Where you don’t even have to think about anything, the colors mix just how you want, the strokes are the right size.
Everything is flowing perfectly.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
That making art has to be done at all times, sometimes its ok to step away and live your life a person, with family, making time for loved ones and dealing with stress, and all the things that comes with it. As I have grown I see that life events precede an important piece I am making. It is like that the art piece will not come out into existence until I live through this phase of my life. Then once I live through it, it gives me the life experience that I need to put that feeling on a 2D plane.