We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Mendoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up I always loved going to punk/Local music shows and appreciated the apparel. I’ve always wanted to have my own designs on merchandise. This appreciation led me to learn screen printing and Graphic Design.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My Mexican/Latinx culture has always been a big inspiration towards my art. I believe what sets me from others is that I was always active in my community. When I create a piece or curate an event I would always want to give back in anyway possible. Whether I donated, participated or gave awareness.
I’m proud of my work and how it has made an impact in my community and social life. One of my biggest accomplishments was creating my Boxnard design for a utility box in Down Town Oxnard. It was a piece designed to commemorate the history and culture of Oxnard Boxing. I still to this day can’t believe I was able to create something for my hometown, for my city that I grew up in.
Again if it wasn’t for my parents and their sacrifices, I would not be here. My dad always pushed me and tell me “Hecha le Ganas mija!” and to become the best I can be and more. If it wasn’t for his encouragement I don’t know where I would be to this day.
I know nothing comes easy in life. I was taught to always work hard, learn from my mistakes and to keep moving forward.
I’ve learned to build bridges not burn them. Every person I’ve met or interacted with somehow made an impact in my life.
I’m a constant work in progress. I’ve always told myself “what’s next?” If I accomplish something, I am always ready for the next challenge.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First things first. Coffee! I’m a real “Cafetera” Heritage Coffee and Xielo in Downtown Oxnard are my go to. If we wanted to indulge with something sweet, there is a Panerderia in every corner. Pan Dulce is a must!
There’s even the perks of having local community street vendors and food trucks. From paletas, to elotes, tacos and churros. The options are limitless. You can find them in every corner.
Oxnard is a big melting pot of multiple cultures. A lot of the businesses, and restaurants are family owned. It’s a great way to shop and support local.
The beach is just a few blocks away! A great way to enjoy the sun and relax, especially on a hot summer day. There is even a few hiking trails to check out and enjoy some nature.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I clearly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the love and support of my family and friends. Especially my mom and my dad. My parents have always been my biggest inspiration. They’ve came to this country from Mexico with very little and worked very hard to help me succeed. More so my dad from whom I’ve inherited the love of art and design.
Sylvia Rubio Lopez – patches with leaves photo Jeannette Villarreal Hamilton – personal photo Viva La Mujer/Las Fotos Project – pink background holding art piece photo