Meet The Artist: Lorena Lozano

Lorena Lozano

Lorena Lozano is from Monterrey, Mexico. She has a Bachelor’s in Animation and Digital Art from Tec de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, and a Bachelor’s in Illustration from Ringling College. Lozano first started drawing in her early childhood and began figure drawing in her early 20s, “I’ve been taking figure drawing classes for over 10 years now! I still go for those sessions whenever I can. However, because of the pandemic there’s been more online options which I enjoy.”

In terms of whether she believes that a higher degree in Art is best or worth it, Lozano is very grateful for all her art school education. “There’s a lot of artists out there who did not go to art school but still find their way to get into their desired industry. I think it really depends on the person…For me, since I wanted to work in the US, having a college degree helped me apply for a work visa…Thinking about what it is you want from this experience before enrolling could help with your decision.”

Art has been a great impact for Lozano’s life. She has recently become enthralled with how intertwined the arts and other fields are connected, “…I discovered a concept artist who used to work in film and video games, who started to work at NASA as a designer, and that blew my mind! Same for a costume designer from Marvel who designed space suits for Space X’s current mission.” When asked about her challenges in Art, Lozano stated, “Most people around me told me I couldn’t draw…” but the way she overcame this was by being persistent, which helped her overcome these challenges, “I’m still trying to grow.” Lozano added that she also practiced and kept learning in order to face these challenges and questioned people’s motives for saying she couldn’t draw, “You take it as their opinion, and ask them why do they think that…to give you constructive feedback. Don’t let them walk away without them telling you why they think that.”

Through Art, Lozano has managed to learn more about herself, “I think art in general is self-introspect work.” Lozano added, “One of the things I keep…listening to is how I frame things very narrowly, as in I don’t give the piece enough air to breathe. Which is probably an unconscious way of how overwhelmed I can feel at times. So it’s a self-reminder to step back, take a break and breathe in.” Additionally, Art has shaped Lozano’s view of the world, herself, and others’ identities by thinking more in design terms, such as when choosing clothes, she asks whether the colors she is choosing are complimentary and starts to break down the things she sees such as in nature. It is very similar to how Lozano chooses the colors in her art, where she tries to base them off of the mood she wants to convey and what message she wants to communicate.

As a Latinx person, Lozano identifies more with the colors of Mexican culture, which are very colorful and bright. However, she least identifies with the content of Mexican culture which involves a lot of folklore, “…Unlike some other of my Mexican friends, Monterrey is not as high in folklore like other cities in Mexico. Not that it is nonexistent, it is just slightly separated from everything because it is relatively a “new” city and geographically speaking is far away from the next city where more historical or cultural things happened. However, nowadays it is mostly known for its industrial culture and businesses.” Although Lozano least identifies with Mexican folklore, there is always a piece of her in her work, even if it isn’t a cultural aspect, but a personal one. She gathers her inspiration from everywhere, “I do use Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram mostly for looking at artwork. But sometimes my mom would send me a photo she took and that would solve the problem I was having with a painting. However, inspiration will mostly come when I’m working.”

When asked what advice she has for those who want to become artists, Lozano stated, “Draw things that you’re interested in! Even for assignments from school, so you’ll be excited to do your piece. If you want to do art as a living, don’t give up!” Lozano’s success in Art is making a living out of it, “I’m still working my way up though. I wish I had inspiring words, but I’m taking a paragraph from Neil Gaiman’s speech “Make Good Art” for it. At least for me, this has always been inspiring and brings me back to make more art.”

‘Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Maker good art/ IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art/ Somebody on the internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what you do best. Make good art.’ (Gaiman, 2012)

Lozano adds, “Probably just remember why it is that you started making art, for me it was because I enjoyed it and the journey around it has been enriching enough to enjoy it.”

More of Lozano’s work can be found on Instagram as @lolomansilla and @msmirelle and @gloriafelixart. On Twitter, she can be found as @lolomansilla90.

Citation

Gaiman, Neil. “Neil Gaiman – Inspirational Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012” YouTube, uploaded by Peter Shev, 23 May 2012, https://youtu.be/ikAb-NYkseI.

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