We had the good fortune of connecting with Miguel Monteagudo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miguel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is a factor that has been like a muse to me. I grew up in a very difficult country in almost every aspect of life so, risk is a copilot. It is like a friend that you don’t want to lose sight of so it doesn’t surprise you while at the same time brings you the best situations. Taking risks has been rewarding most of the times because it makes me be flexible and sharp, it helped me learn how to plan and develop a good sense of what my next move should be.
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.
To me, there’s always a conflict between the artist and the product creator or service provider. I think, however, that this is what makes my work unique. These competing roles help me balance my work and what drives me to develop tools and skills to create powerful pieces and make my clients happy. I won’t say it’s always easy but it’s definitely fun!
To me, the most important lessons come from challenging projects, those where the stakes are high and where new solutions are needed and expected. That’s when originality truly shines. Originality is a precious rarity.
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.
It depends on who is visiting the city. I guess I would start with the classic Griffith observatory, Getty Museum, LACMA. One morning I’ll take them for a hike on Topanga state park and then to El Pescador Beach, we’ll have diner in Malibu Seafood, chill and relax in Venice Beach and then some Moscow Mules at Oldfield’s in Culver City. If we have more time, I’ll make plans for a road trip to Sequoia, Yosemite, Mammoth Lake, Big Sur… I mean, so many beautiful natural locations around that make this place so unique.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well… not a short list. I know it sounds cliche but in my case, I’m very conscious of my roots as a creator. From my grandmother Reina Herrera who was an awarded ceramist, as well as my mother and father who are multidisciplinary artists, followed by my sister, my two brothers, and my wife who is a motion graphic designer as well, we’re all devoted to the audiovisual arts. Also, I was extra lucky to grow up with a crew of talented and creative friends that cemented my vocation as an artist, sometimes in the form of making skateboards modifications to land new tricks or forming music bands and playing bass with them. We were never standing still. To all of them, I owe a significant part of my vocation.