We had the good fortune of connecting with Adriana Prieto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adriana, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Truthfully, I have a spectrum of solutions for this question. As a matter of fact, each solutions I came across were built upon lesson learns from all events I’ve experienced through. Surprisingly, all my solutions resulted into reflecting the truth of the inner and outer beauty of this world through my eyes. For my audience, this undoubtedly lead me into bringing awareness of improving oneself emotional intelligence. Because of these conditions, I’ve created a connection with them. In this very instant, I knew it was undeniable to see this should be my career path. To pursue into becoming a Traditional Acrylic Painter and a Makeup Artist.
Preferably, I would like to explain this in a general sense of my personal experiences I have from both my art commissions and makeup clients. In some point of time I have with them during work, the client would discuss with me their own personal dilemmas. First, makeup was use to classify what social status you have in Egypt or to emulate the appearance of their gods. The main reason for makeup was to enhance your appearance. Not to mask your appearance As time changes, makeup was used to create individuality. Or as they say, making a statement in society. However, it gave the person a voice and the confidence to match it. Second, art is typically known for its common communications through politics, spirituality, and philosophy. As well as makeup, art too was beginning to form different sub cultures of art where they have their own uniqueness to them. Such as graffiti, flash tattoo styles, anime, etc. Other artist were starting to imitate their own truth on the blank canvases. My clients are just like any regular person out there; trying to deal with financial issues, complex issues within the family, dealing with COVID, fighting to leave toxic relationships, wondering when their next meal is, consistently looking in the mirror thinking in their head what they like to change about themselves. They are all yearning a way to leave their own reality, and the very first chance they get would be fully taken advantage of.
Ideally, to succeed in a personal or business project it is significantly essential to practice manifesting yourself to a higher degree of emotional intelligence. Doing so you must produce these qualities; self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. The artist usually find themselves having to manage their emotions regardless of what’s on the canvas. The audience can be persuaded to see what we see and feel. Seeing we are the dream makers. The audience may see the flaws, but the artist can see true hidden beauty. Artists helps brings the audience into alignment into believing the artwork. Hence, they begin to breathe the confidence and voice a more positive outcome. Causing the audience to attract more positive things that mirrors them.
Everyone has something they personally need to work on. Yet, sometimes people utilize their own profession to escape their reality. Instead of using different ways as a tools to escape your reality, face and conquer it. Speaking from experience, You won’t regret it. I owe it to this method for not only helping me find myself, but my career path as well.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My most proud moment is when I did 3 commissions for Daniel Leal. First piece was an already complete tribute to Frida kahlo and sold as a gift for his wife. Second piece was his personal inspirational tribute to Chef Anthony Bourdain. Third piece was a gift for a family member with another tribute to Selena Quintanilla. Years of trying to commit myself to putting my workout for the public in venues, showcases, social media platforms. It was till he came along, my work has begun to have a spike in its recognition. For that very moment, Im forever grateful for his help. Biggest help and most recognition is to my oldest brother Cesar Munoz. With the many conversations we have on achieving my artistic career path, I gathered this vital information, ” If you truly wish to live through your talent, You have to work as hard as if you’re trying to keep your head above the water so you could breath. Keep producing new work. Set yourself a goal on how much you want to produce in one week. Sitting around and waiting for the perfect piece to get you recognize is not the way to do it. You will make mistakes, you will produce work you’re not so proud of. You’re going to make some sacrifices. It takes time, effort, an open mind, and consistency to get where you want to be. If you keep waiting to pursue your dream, this will haunt you. THERE IS NO SUCCESS WITHOUT STRUGGLE.” The best way I can describe my experience is I am going to be a work in progress. The difference from then and now are I am confident; understanding and comfortable that mistakes will happen; I will always find a way to sell a piece; I will always produce a more grand piece than the last one. I will not get anywhere if I focus on the negativity. For what I would love for the world to know about my brand is my overall purpose of my work is to show everyone to always be yourself and be confident.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For my dearest friends, thankfully we are the type to try anything. Eat foods from different cultures and and prefer to do things involving being outdoors. First thing I would do is set my alarm more early than they plan to wake up, so I can get up and be their personal loud alarm clock yelling at them to get up. Have them surprised with race car racing while shooting each other with paintball guns. Separate them into two teams, losing team have to buy the alcohol and dinner for the night. For lunch they have the choices of Korean Barbeque from the China Town or The Black Pearl Oyster Bar in Galveston. Once, we all get to the location we stay at for the week. After losing team gets the drink, I would do a surprise attack with a water balloon fightShoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give special thanks and dedications to My mentor Elizabeth Punches from Elizabeth Punches studio, and Samitha Hess Edwards who recently passed away from cancer the Co owner of From the Heart Gallery, My brother Cesar Munoz for all the life lessons, motivations, and being the father figure I needed My creative friends Valencia Brown for recommending me to ShoutoutHTX and always willing to work on collaborations, and Joshua Smith for being there for at my lowest and inspiring me to always be myself in life and through my art. My two best friends Lesli Perez-Melton and Juan Arreola we grew so much together. There are too many reasons for me to thank them