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

Hi Uver, why did you pursue a creative career?
“Well, it all started when I finished high school. My first step was to find a job. I went to many stores and filled out many applications, but none of them hired me because of my condition, my autism. One day I saw my friend doing drawings and artwork characters. They got me interesting so I want to do the same thing. It was not bad. When I did not find a job my mom told me to try and draw something. So I tried my best and drew something from my head and it went well. My mom and my sister liked my drawings. It was the first time I created my characters. The first character I made is The Wind. What inspires me is things I do, watch or read. Sometimes when I draw I let it out and bring it to life, so that it stays there in real life. Making art, make me happy and excited when something in my mind comes out.”

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.
My art is about the characters. Not only do I draw them but I also make a story about my characters. Some people don’t know what they mean so I want to write a story to explain what they mean and what I think about them. What makes me different is that I have autism. Autism makes me think of things in a weird way that helps me create my art I like to take words and put them together like a puzzle to come up with new ideas. Something I am proud of is the character I made called The Wind. Her way is to blow everything non-stop because it is the way of nature. I brainstorm all of my art while I watch anime shows and read manga books. I also listen to anime and movie soundtracks when I think to keep me concentrated. This has helped me to create and build my business. For me, some challenges have been to create unique characters for more merchandise, learn new things like keeping track of my merchandise, socialize with people I don’t know, and keep track of money. I would like for people to know what my art means and that even if I have autism I can do anything I anyone can do and if I don’t show it I want people to get to know me for who I am.

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?
“My friend will be from New York. He will come to my house because he will sleep here. The next day we will have breakfast and then go to Little Tokyo. There we would have lunch at Mr. Ramen and get fried chicken ramen, my favorite thing to get. I will show him around Little Tokyo and all the stuff they have. The next day I would take them to Starbucks to get a Mocha Frap and talk about our lives. Then we would go to the batting cages, mini-golf, and arcade. The next day we would go see a movie at The Academy and go for Boba at Boba Hive. I would also take my friend to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Universal City Walk. These are places I like going and I think my friend would like to go to too.”

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
“I give credit to my mom and my sister. They always got my back no matter the cost. My mom is a arts and craft angel she helps me a lot with my business especially by taking me to the flea market to sell my merchandise and helping me learn how to talk with people because it’s kinda hard for me to communicate with them in a nice way. She also helps me to put my characters on some of my merchandise. My sister helps me with my business website, and keep track of my social media because I am not very good with social media like Instagram and TikTok.”

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Website: https://versimagination.com/

Instagram: vers_imagination

Twitter: @VersImagination

Other: TikTok: vers_imagination

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