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Check out Chelo Ruiz’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelo Ruiz.

Chelo, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
It took many years for me to truly embrace that I am an artist. I’ve always been creative. I started writing poetry and short stories in elementary school. At twelve, I taught myself to play guitar, and I wrote songs. Home life was tough as a kid, but music and movies were always something I could immerse myself in; sometimes, they were like a sanctuary. From an early age, I began paying attention to film details like lighting and cinematography. But I didn’t see art as a career when I was younger. My family always struggled, and it just made sense to me to work a job with a steady paycheck. I spent many years at jobs that I was completely indifferent to, and then I unexpectedly lost my mother and a short time later, one of my best friends. Those deaths rocked me and were a catalyst for me to embrace my creativity and to take it seriously. Death has a way of waking you up. Since then, I, along with my creative partner Franco Galvan created a multimedia company.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a writer, photographer, producer/creative director and I’ll be adding director to that list in the coming months. I never create with a particular message in mind. For me, art is sublimation. It’s about transforming whatever I’m feeling and experiencing at that moment into the medium that I’m working with. It may sound selfish, but I never think about what people are going to take away from it. It’s not that I don’t care, I just don’t want to get hung up on people’s expectations. I hope that they feel something, but whatever that “something” may be is a completely subjective, personal experience for them. Creating something for a client is a bit different because there has to be a collaboration between us. We want to ensure that we are bringing their vision to life.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Honestly, I think it’s the same challenge that’s always been faced by artists, which is to truly embrace yourself as an artist and forge a creative career. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race of just surviving, trying to keep your head above water. A lot of artists tend to shelve their talents as hobbies. And a lot of times people that surround you plant seeds of doubt about what your desires are. Those doubts are rooted in fear. Deviating from the norm is always scary. Embarking on a creative career is no easy feat; you have to be ready to struggle. You have to be prepared to fail and keep going at it.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
A lot of my work is on my personal Instagram account @chelodarling. Mosaic Multi-Media is our company, and you can find our work at www.mosaicmultimedia.net and on Instagram @mosaicmultimedia. We are working hard at growing, checking us out, and sharing our work would be very supportive and appreciated! We are producing a documentary focusing on regional wine and some very passionate, knowledgeable people in the field. This will be my first time directing, and I’m very excited to be embarking on that. It’s definitely something to check out!

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