A friend of mine brought to my attention this amazing painting of the Notorious B.I.G. made by an artist who goes by the name Adream. Fascinated by this piece, I continued to research his paintings and became more and more of a fan with each piece I found. I love how the diversity of his subject matter and the colors that encapsulate his art jump out at the observer and hold their undivided attention. I was lucky enough to interview Adream on his inspirations, his contributions to
Q. Where did the name “Adream” come from?
A. My last year living in
Q. Many of your paintings have an explosion of color and embody different emotions through the colors. What can you share about your creation process?
A. My style and technique of painting is a universal language we all can connect to. As a cultural artist, I involve many diverse regions such as
Q. What type of artist are you?
A. “Philanthropist". I use my art to send a message of caring, nourishing, developing, and enhancing
Q. What inspires you?
A. Latino community members believe that, under Secure Communities and past immigration policies, local police actively collaborate with immigration agents to detain and deport undocumented residents. This is alarming in
Q. My favorite piece of yours is the Notorious B.I.G. painting from an original well known photograph of him. Tell me about the making of this.
A. I was always interested in the life of an artist after his death. How people view poets after they are gone. It's fascinating. The message and the truth will always remain.
Q. Your work has received much attention from the art community. Did you ever imagine your creations to strike a chord with people?
A. As a child my teacher said "Someday people will pay for your drawings". I did not understand what she meant at the moment. Today at 27, I'm honored to be chosen and directing these public projects for the State requires me to give 120% of my self. I've gotten a better understanding of who I am in relation to my growing family in
Q. What has been your favorite painting so far?
A. "The Dream Mural" at
Q. I noticed there are humming birds in a few of your pieces. What do they represent?
A. It's a messenger of love and joy. I see them float and fly wild in and out of dreams.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. Performing Arts, Live Action Painting, and Film Project in Berkeley, Californina.
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