We had the good fortune of connecting with Rocio Garcia Montiel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rocio, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that taking risks allows us to grow. Personally, each step I have taken has tested me and taken me out of my comfort zone. Is not easy at first, but I learned that from each experience there is something to learn, we are in constant learning. In all aspects of my life, I have made decisions that made me feel afraid, but in some way or another, there’s always a positive result, at least that’s how I see it. With each decision I always keep in mind “I do not want to stay with the -“what if” or ” I should have”. Nobody is born knowing everything, you learn by making mistakes and taking risks. Sometimes things will not turned out the way you planned, but if not, you’ll learn from the experience and just by learning, you have accomplished so much.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my journey as an artist in May of 2020, during the lockdown. I’ve always been drawing and painting for years but it was more of a “hobby” and something I enjoyed doing for myself. Always kept my artworks in the “dark” because I felt it was something so personal and intimate. Art is a form of expression, a way to express your thoughts and feelings without saying a word, so the idea of sharing my art was something I didn’t consider till one day, I saw an open call from a Gallery in Hermosa Beach with an open theme, and for some reason, I felt determined and excited with the idea of submitting my work and I did. That’s when it all started, without expecting anything the Gallery accepted my work, and not only that, my artworks got SOLD before the opening. I was shocked and happy, it felt so encouraging and at the same time, having the opportunity to meet such amazing artists made this a more satisfying experience, I was beyond grateful.
The idea of sharing my art with everyone was pretty scary and exciting at first, but that’s the best decision I’ve ever made. Also, is when I started to take the steps I needed in order for me to make a career as an artist. I got into art school at Otis College of Art and Design at their Professional Certificate Program which has been another incredible journey, been learning so much, and had improved my artistic skills.
For me is all about experimenting in art and definitely, the school has made me work on it till I found my voice as an artist. I’m passionate about abstract art, my subject matter is people’s stories, art is a way to represent a concept, a style, a vision in particular. I am inspired by how emotions and ideas can be transmitted through images, I translate feelings and emotions into non-objective abstract compositions using multiple shapes, patterns, and organic movements full of color, texture, and detail.
Since the beginning of my artistic journey, everything has developed incredibly. I became a member of the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA), have been part of 13 art exhibitions in Arizona, Califonia, New York, London, and soon in Greece, also I’m working on my next project for a future solo exhibition. I’m proud of these accomplishments but I’m more proud of taking the decision to create a life as an artist, it had made me grown as a person in ways I didn’t imagine. Getting your art out there to the world is a whole different thing.
It has been wonderful but it hasn’t been easy as well, my works have been rejected from some shows, had some ups and downs during my creative process, sometimes hitting a wall for some residence and other academic opportunities because of my short experience, but it’s all part of it. I’m learning and training myself to take the best of all situations, it’s about learning. I will keep saying this because is so important to recognize that, we are here to learn.
All I can say is that I’m happy with my decision, for taking risks, totally worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, to Los Angeles public art scene, going to Art District, gallery openings, definitely to museums like the Natural History Museum, MOCA, The Broad, Getty, and more. My friends are also kind of artsy so, I know they will like that tour.
Also doing some restaurant and bar hopping; take them to salsa dance club-like La Descarga in Hollywood; experiencing some live music like at Rivera 31 in Beverly Hills; some outdoor activities, for example, going for a hike in Malibu or Santa Monica, Altadena, to Bridge to Nowhere in Azusa, love that trial; and of course to the beach, especially to Santa Barbara and Malibu, and more.
That’s why LA is amazing, there’s so much to do and see, not to mention that you meet a lot of cool and interesting people on the way.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my amazing and loving family and friends for their constant support and encouragement, they have always believed in me and I’m beyond grateful for all the love they give to me.