Today we’d like to introduce you to Ciera Vida.
Ciera, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing and creating. I would draw doodles for my parents, and some of those crayon markings even ended up on the walls. There was something in me that loved to create things and express myself through art. My dad was into photography as well so I grew up watching him taking photos of everything. By the time I was 12, I was taking photos and creating a few youtube videos here and there.
Growing up in school, I was known for my art amongst my peers. When I graduated high school, I had ten art classes under my belt. In San Diego, my paintings, drawings, and photos have been showcased in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Linda Vista Library, and the Conception Art Show. I eventually created a business for myself and my art in 2018 when a couple of my friends wanted to buy my illustrations as stickers and tattoo designs.
Through the years, I would paint and draw for my family and friends, and when I found out that people would actually pay for my art, that changed the game,
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In my opinion, I don’t think any road is smooth. There are always people that will discourage you from following your heart. I know for a fact that I want a life where I can do what I love and make a career from it then not to love what I do for work.
There is a quote from a movie I recently watched, “Kodachrome” on Netflix, that goes, “No art worth a damn was ever created from happiness.” I somewhat agree with this because if you look back on all of the famous artists in the past, they did not have the happiest of lives.
Please tell us more about your work.
Ciera Vida Art as of right now is a one-woman show. I create stickers and prints of illustrations and photos. I also get commissioned to do paintings and tattoo designs. My last name is Vida, meaning “Life” in Spanish, and coincidentally I am inspired by life and death. I find so much beauty in not only the flowers, ocean, stars but also skulls and rebirth.
What were you like growing up?
I was a very happy and silly child. Around teenage years I became moody, like most adolescents. As an escape, I went to tons of concerts and shows with my friends or even by myself. The feeling you get when you’re standing in the crowd in front of the stage is like no other feeling.
I went to go see smaller artists so you can talk to them after they perform. I would make small paintings for whoever I was going to see and give it to them after the show. I love seeing the reaction of when others receive art from me.
- Stickers $3
- Prints (8×10) $15
- Prints with frame $40
- Tattoo Designs $25-$40
- Painting (Acrylic on Canvas) $75+
- Original Art $40
- Website: cieravida.bigcartel.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/ciera.vida