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De Guzman is proud to be able to represent Filipinos on the art scene. He finds his inspiration in the sacrifices and struggles his family had to make to give him the life he now enjoys.

This story is published in partnership with SoJannelleTV, a magazine show about Filipinos in North America.

Louis de Guzman has kept his feet on the ground despite his growing success. The young Filipino American plastic artist from Chicago has become the most fashionable artist today but has not let success go to his head.

“It didn’t flow because I don’t consider myself the most prominent Asian American or Filipino young artist in America. There are so many greats who have been leading the way for a very long time, I just happen to be one of them. conversation, ”De Guzman said in an exclusive interview with Filipino-American media pioneer Jannelle So Perkins in the latest installment of her weekly show., SoJannelleTV, which airs nationwide on The Filipino Channel (TFC) and ANC cable channels, as well as the local Southern California digital channel KNET 25.5.

Perkins and his team therefore met the very famous artist during the opening of his ATOM VS. ASTRO exhibition, which featured sculptures and paintings of the iconic character from the Astro Boy anime. The exhibit, which ran from November 11 to 24, was on display at the BAIT store in Los Angeles.

De Guzman said he could trace his love for art back to his childhood. He helped his mother with her arts and crafts projects and helped her sell them on her stall at craft shows. Even as a child, De Guzman took note that his mother was the only Filipina among this crowd.

Instead of discouraging his love for the arts, his family gave his blessing for him to pursue his passion. His father had been in a group when he was young and gave him wise advice, which he followed to this day.

“Do what you love,” De Guzman remembers, having told him his father.

“My mom was always the same way, they never questioned my direction in life, as long as I was a good kid and responsible. It was more like, ‘Hey, keep your head up. on your shoulder, do what you love, as long as you do it with a pure and genuine heart and soul. ‘ “

This advice led him to create many different pieces featuring abstract renderings of pop culture figures, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Bart Simpson, and others. He is also partnering with shoe brand New Balance in an upcoming project and is also in talks to have an exhibition in London.

De Guzman is proud to be able to represent Filipinos on the art scene. He finds his inspiration in the sacrifices and struggles his family had to make to give him the life he now enjoys.

“As Filipinos, doing art things like dancing, music, speaking is exciting. That’s where my Filipino pride comes from, Filipinos have a lot of pride, ”said De Guzman, who added that for him, success is not measured by the dollar amount of his creations, but by the joy that his work brings. inspires collectors and admirers.

“I’m excited about things because I know it’s the thing I’m supposed to do. And when I’m creating, it feels good to know that whatever I do can hopefully give people that same energy just by watching something, ”said De Guzman.

“People send me messages or emails and just say, ‘Hey, I like your job. ” It makes me happy.” – Jannelle So Productions |

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