We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca Gomez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue an artistic career because being creative genuinely makes me happy. I can’t see myself living a life where I’m not being creative. When I was growing up, I had teachers convince me that I would never succeed as an artist because a creative career was too unstable. So for a really long time, I was too afraid to take that risk and my art became my hidden sanctuary. I tried to focus on what was considered to be a stable career path, but I was miserable doing it. I didn’t feel like myself and that’s when I knew that being an artist was the only career that I wanted to pursue.
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.
It’s hard for me to describe my art because I’m not sure what it is! I haven’t found a style of art that, I feel, defines me as an artist. For this reason, I have been experimenting with different styles of art. I have had the opportunity to create murals, portraits, digital illustrations, and collages. My art is also a representation of how I have changed over the years. Like everyone else, I am forever changing and so is my perception of the world around me. As a result, my art becomes an expression the mindsets, emotions, and interests I had at the time. I hope that with the time I am using to experiement, I am able to find a defining art style that screams my name!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When in San Bernardino, it is a MUST to go to Viva La Boba. Viva La Boba is a small boba shop that holds many different events in the area. They do open mic nights, and rollerskating meets every Thursday, and vendor pop ups. While your there, you can walk down the street to look at the murals and living plant wall placed in the creative grounds alleyway. Creative Grounds is a studio in the alley way that also holds art events throughout the month such as galleries, flea markets, and more. Every sunday, downtown hosts a vegan food pop up. Many different food vendors come every week and you get to try something new! Lastly, I work with the Garcia Center for Arts to host an art walk once a month. We create a space for local artist to express themselves and showcase their work! It’s been a successful event so far and we hope to continue to expand it.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First off, I’m very thankful for the people in my community like Amanda at the Keep Your Crown Right salon and Jorge from the Garcia Center for the Arts because they’ve helped me get a foothold into the community to establish myself as an artist. I’m also very thankful for the family and friends who support my art career and give me the push I need to continue to purusue it. Most of all, I am very thankful for my dad who has always been in my corner when it came to my art career. He always believed in me even when I didn’t have the confidence in myself.