Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Ray Jimenez.
Anthony Ray, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Montebello, Los Angeles on November 19, 1991. My first memory after I was delivered was being held by a nurse and crying, she laughed at the whole situation. My family and I lived and moved out of an apartment in Alhambra, Los Angeles for a one-story house in La Puente Valley because of a new addition to the family. I was a shy kid who drew constantly since my toddler years, was a bit of a troublemaker, played rough, repeated fourth grade and couldn’t stop making ‘hmph’ sounds in or outside of school. All I wanted to do, through all that craziness, was draw.
Los Angeles is where I lived half my life before moving to Oceanside in 2002 to be alongside my father’s family at a better community. Being a rough child to handle, I suddenly stopped my ways after moving to a new environment totally different than where I previously lived. Since elementary school, I was a student who had to go through R.S.P., special learning education that encouraged me to studying my butt off to graduate High School. After graduating, I applied to Pasadena City College to become a film major.
I’ve been filming short videos ever since my dad gave me a digital camera during fifth grade, but realized that maybe it wasn’t the major I’ve wanted to pursue. After taking few art classes in PCC for extra credits, I questioned myself. After gallery field trips, the friendships made in those classes, the projects and the good times spent, I rediscovered my love for drawing and painting. I was becoming a tad homesick, moved back to Oceanside and applied to Mira Costa College to become Studio Art Major where I achieved my A.A. degree.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Ever since I saw a creepy shadow figure when I was young (was a cat) from my bathroom window, I became interested in watching Godzilla and Zombie films. Also, witnessing a spiritual encounter in my uncle’s house in Mexico. These events are just one of my inspirations for creating my artworks.
Because of these events, it caused me to draw monsters and wanting to tell their stories. From drawing nonstop to recording short improvised YouTube videos during middle school, my creative world started to expand. If I have a thought, dream or a vivid picture in my head I’ll quickly sketch out or paint it. I’ll pace back and forth, examine the canvas, stare at the canvas or just do it. Any mistakes I make would be welcomed, for I see it as a new addition to the art piece. Same goes for recording videos and animation.
What I want people to take away from my artwork is that I’m free when creating. If it causes you to stop and look at my piece then great. I know not all of my works are too many people’s liking, but eventually, they’ll come right back.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think the biggest challenge for us artists is not getting lost in the shuffle on social media and outside it. There are so many people that are talented creators or are black belts in the social media game that are your competition. Plus, outside of social media, you’ve got to want to display your work to stay relevant. The hustle is real, being left behind sucks. I struggle with this too, I am not perfect. I can’t speak for everybody, it’s just how I feel.
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?
You can see my work by going my website Anthonysartworks.squarespace.com which I’m still constructing. instagram.com/anthonysart_works. Facebook is AnthonysArtWorks. Those sites are where you can see my digital works, paintings including work-in-progress clips. For my cartoon animations and parody works go to youtube.com/wmranimations.
I’ll upload or announce upcoming exhibitions on my Instagram feeds or site. I usually exhibit with Raw Artists, come see me in the flesh!
- Website: http://anthonysartworks.squarespace.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anthonysart_works/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonysArtWorks/
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/wmranimations
Gallery photo of myself next to my 45×45 art piece, credit goes to a Manny Alvarado.