We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria De La Luz Sandoval and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maria De La Luz, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m a Queer Chicana originally from Bakersfield California, My upbringing was pretty crazy and was unstable. I grew up in the foster system since I was ten years old. In my early 20s, I started working on myself and processing the trauma of the past. Because I was already an artist, I used it more as an outlet for healing. Creating in that process, I shared healing emotions through artwork that many women found relatable and resonated with it. Super grateful for the trials and tribulations of what made me. They gave me the strength to never give up on myself to continue healing and creating throughout it all.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart is that my art is a direct reflection of my journey, continually evolving. I want my art to be a light of consciousness and healing for all. As a Chicana healing from generational trauma, I feel that we are needed in today’s society more and more. I am healing for the culture. Where I’m currently is a student now. I was accepted to Art Center College of Design, which was a huge decision to go back to school after all this time. I’m so glad I did. Nothing better than wanting to grow and be a better artist.

Many lessons, but I think the biggest one is never to get attached to your best version of yourself, only holding your growth back when you do that. There is always room to improve yourself. I always say I want to be one percent better person than I was yesterday. Second to always be kind to yourself and others.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would say Perch Resturant in DTLA. Live band on a rooftop with a full bar and beautiful view. Going down Spring St. is always a good time with friends. Many bars to choose from and easy way to meet new people. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Women! For beng inspiration goddesses in my artwork. The powerful women in my life who create a loving space for healing and community.

Website: mdelaluz.com/

Instagram: @artbydelaluz

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