We had the good fortune of connecting with The Heavy Collective and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi The Heavy Collective, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Art has always been a part of our lives ever since we can remember. I am not sure, if its a natural part of child’s development, but it definitely has been something that has been a part of our daily rituals to draw, paint and create. One thing I can tell you, is that we have always been intrigued with different techniques, styles and methods. Trying them out, practicing them and experimenting with them, before you know it you go down a rabbit hole of endless conglomerations of methods of art. To this present day, that is one of our past times. To link up with other professional artist and share and discuss different ideas, concepts, and best forms of execution or as we like to call “bag of tricks.” Therefore, it becomes second nature to take the idea/vision of a customer and make it become in the physical realm, into something tangible. In a sense, it is difficult to express or explain how this path has paved itself. Always striving to create artwork that speaks originality. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The Heavy is a Public Art Initiative specializing in Large Scale Quality Mural /paintings. We pride ourselves in bringing art to the masses and transforming spaces. The collective was founded by Kimberly Duran and Bud Herrera back in 2013. We established the collective in Downtown Santa Ana where we currently work out of our studio. Our goal is to bring art to the local community that often do not have time to view art in museums or galleries. Therefore, we occupied walls in public areas where people of diverse cultures and backgrounds can have access to free public art on their daily commutes. Our inspiration comes from the diverse ethnicities that inhabit the spaces we paint, as well as incorporating history, ancient civilizations, Philosophy, Culture and organic elements. We also travel to other cities and countries to paint and collaborate with other artists. Our art can be viewed in many different contexts, anywhere from an entire Art Alley exhibition to an inside installation of art at Main Place Mall or a high-end Hostel in Mexico City. We have collaborated with the City of Santa Ana, City of Los Angeles, City of San Bernardino, Viacom, MTV, Univision, Def Jam Records also Non-profit organizations. Our objective is to continue to create quality art, while sparking awareness in our youth and empowering our community one wall at a time

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?
Eating, for sure some form of lonchera or street taco set up in Santa Ana. We always enjoy walking the Santiago Creek nature center specially to get inspired and it is a calm relaxing setting when you want to get away from the city feel. As far as the hanging out party mode, I would say usually say my studio is the go to in Downtown Santa Ana. It is in the center, and we have a great view of downtown. So we end up hanging out there.

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?
We would like to give a shoutout to the endless surfaces of spaces that we have painted. Along with the people that inhabit those spaces and the artists that we have had the pleasure and privilege of collaborating, creating and executing walls with.

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Image Credits
The Heavy Collective

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