We had the good fortune of connecting with Paul Jimenez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paul, how do you think about risk?
fight or flight. luckily, me and my partner were both fired from our jobs due to covid. So it really forced us to take the leap and risk of becoming a full time artist. another thing that helped the risk seem not so scary was doing it along side my art partner and girlfriend, covid 19 put us in a situation where we had no choice but to succeed. ive always worked well under pressure so the effects of the lockdown really put me in my element, creating a situation where we had no other possible choice. we would rather strive for our goals and dreams than abide by conventional means of living. in a way without taking risks, as individuals could not meet what it means to live a successful and fulfilled life. never have we ever felt so purposeful and we could not have done any of this without risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
yes! so im a muralist in san diego and I work along side my partner signe of 2 years. we met and became a couple, we began to motivate one another to focus on our art and developing our creative aspirations. one day during the lockdown I bought a box of spraypaint and for the first time I was truly very motivated artistically, it was the first time using the medium and I haven’t looked back ever since… i became addicted and obsessed with developing my skills to get better and better. we mainly paint realism and we strictly use only spraypaint. its been very very rewarding experience its become my biggest source of happiness and fulfillment. I believe we were created to do this, nothing else has ever felt so meant.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
well being from san diego its very hard not to enjoy the simplest of things. I would most likely take them to the areas of which feel the most home to me Chula Vista, Logan, ofcourse any of the beautiful beach destinations. also a few spots I would like to keep locally secret for as long as possible 😉
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
honestly I credit all of our success and resilience to our supportive audience. without the love and support we get from them on a daily basis we could not be where we already are today. we know this is just the begging but it feels so good to be supported so heavily so soon. I want to also thank my parents and family for becoming our biggest supporters and fans. for most of my life I really had no idea with what I wanted with my life, so when I found public art and showed such a dedication towards it my family quickly backed me up. without their support and belief it would be alot harder to find that from within. another big inspiration of mine are simply my new found colleges, seeing other street artists and artists in general really helps keep me going. its such a wonderful community and seeing them succeed locally is a really nice reminder to keep at it and continue to spread positivity.
Ernesto Perez ig: @ernezyo