We had the good fortune of connecting with Claudia Ramos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claudia, why did you pursue a creative career?
Since I was little girl I knew I that I loved drawing and art. I knew I wanted to do art when I grew up was not sure what exactly. In high school, I was in AP Art and I knew that I love art because it was a way to express my feelings. When I started attending college I learned about Graphic Designs. What I like about the graphic design is that you can create digital art that can spread a message and also you can work in different fields as a graphic artist. I’ve worked in the field for about 13 years and I’ve worked for different companies from greeting cards, apparel, signage, toy industry, and also working on my own business. With all these different types of jobs, I always had a positive message behind it and I do that with my own projects too.
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.
I love creating artwork that expresses joy, empowerment, inspiration, and also show pride to be Latina. My art is a mix of stickers, prints, keychains, and much more. I’m so proud of all the projects I’ve worked on but one that stands out is when the Eva Longoria Foundation reached out to me to collaborate to create empowering posters for them. I never thought doing what I love would be recognized and asked to collaborate with them. Doing that just showed me that I should continue doing what I’ve been doing which is what I love, spreading positivity and inspiring. I get so much joy when I get to read comments about how my work has inspired them and makes them smile. I graduated from CSUN and I’ve been working in my field for about 13 years. I’ve had different types of jobs from working in greeting cards, banners, websites, apparel, toys, and also my own business. It was not easy with all the jobs because I learned something new and experienced something new too. Every day there was a challenge and I had to learn how to find a solution. The way I overcame my challenges was to push myself to ask questions and to be confident in my work. As for my business, I have a new brand that I create that’s called Hola Mijas Bonitas. I created cute insta comics of 5 friends that are growing up in Los Angeles CA and they show the beauty of growing up in a neighborhood that has such a diverse culture, and race. The stories are inspired by me growing up in L.A. and I point out being Latina and showing the beauty of my neighborhood from art, food, music, and so on. I want to grow my girls to be the next Hello Kitty but Latina with a lot of diversity. Also, I just launched my website www.holamijasbonitas.com ( my Instagram @holamijasbonitas ) where you can read about each girl and buy stationery items. I want to grow them into the planner community, and stationary world. My other business is Claudia Ramos Designs which is me creating artwork that brings inspiration, empowerment, diversity, and joy. You can see some of my work on Instagram @claudiaramosdesigns I can’t wait to see my business grow and inspire other women to do what they love.
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.
I love going to the Americana in Glendale, CA. I love going to Americana because there’s so much to do from food, movies, and stores.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family has been my inspiration for my push to keep doing what I’m doing. My mother and father have been such an inspiration of not giving up. Seeing their story of them coming to America not knowing English to see them both doing what they love. My mother is now a teacher assistant, and my father is a machinist. They have gone through a lot but they never gave up and they kept pushing working hard to provide me and my sisters a good life. When there are moments I want to just give up I look at their struggles and remind myself that they did it that I should not complain. I push myself to do my best, spread joy and do what I love.
Other: www.instagram.com/holamijasbonitas www.holamijasbonitas.com www.holamijasbonitas.shop Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/claudiaramosdesigns
Danielle Sykes Andy Casillas Claudia Ramos