We had the good fortune of connecting with Hedy Torres and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hedy, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued an artistic career because I always felt the need to express my feelings, thoughts, memories, background, experiences, and present with art. Back in Mexico, women’s opinions was limited or sometimes undervalued, and I saw it growing up in TV and the worst case with women in my Family. Therefore, I thought that art would be a safe place and platform to talk about uncomfortable topics or just topics that were often ignored. 

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.
An Art career is not the easiest one, but for sure is the most joyful. When you are an artist, there are many fields you can take to get any where you want to go. Some times, it will take years to get recognition, to make it profitable, or to make to the first source of income. Currently, I have a full time job working/serving the homeless population, and after work. I go to my Art studio to create and produce and to be more of myself. Having two jobs is not easy since the day only have 24 hours, and we humans have to sleep at leas 6 hours. That been said, I sleep around 6 to 7 hours a day, and the other 18-17 hours have to be balanced with a full time job, art practice, traffic, a relationship, other responsibilities, and self care. In order to understand my Art, the audience has to be able to empathize with the content, that is the only way to understand my Art.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first thing I would do if family or a friend comes to visit Los Angeles is: -Take them to my small studio to show them art and introduce other creators in Low Road District -Drive through Boyle Heights -Go to the Art district and drink some beer -Drive through Skid Row (important to understand the context behind my most recent Art series and my full time job) -Visit galleries and Art openings -Get some dinner -Get some drinks

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?
My Art is dedicated to those who lack visibility.

Website: www.hedytorres.com
Instagram: Artbyheto

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