We had the good fortune of connecting with Xaivier Ringer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Xaivier, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I lived and worked in the Dominican Republic as a community development professional. While I certainlyI loved the purpose behind my work, I always implemented murals or art within my tasks though it wasn’t directly related. I started The International Muralist because I wanted to work independently and dedicate myself full-time to engaging communities via mural art. After success with workshops and collaborating with governmental and community organizations I developed a model and evidence-based results that my work has an impact.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a declaration and an affirmation to exist as a Black woman unapologetically. My murals provide a unique approach for communities to engage in their dwelling spaces and create awareness about who they are, their visions and communicate these things to a larger audience. My art project, Black Girl Free is an affirmation and features a series of prints, calendars and items that affirm women of color’s existence and greatness. It is always my attention to create spaces that honor who we are, value our communities and that are inclusive. My mural work specifically includes community members, project depending, within the design, painting and inauguration processes. It has not been easy to develop my style, stamina and discipline. I have dedicated more than a decade to this passion and that focus and energy has created amazing results. My success has required me to be my greatest advocate, do self-promotion and proposal writing. My sheer love for what I do and the desire to be economically independent has allowed me to push through difficult times as well as be inspired by others who have made goals similar to the ones I want to achieve. I’ve learned that there is enough room for us all to actively pursue our artistic goals and endeavors. My only job is to be my best artistic self and share with others. Lastly, there may be moments in which my artistic career provides great financial abundance and there also may be times I will supplement my career with other skills. That is perfectly fine and great even. I want the world to know that I am just getting started. I have so many ideas and spaces to inhabit. I truly love engaging people in the public art sphere and facilitating an organic interaction with art that is accessible and interactive. I want to push us to think bigger about our space and time in the world and ultimately ask the question, “Are we being of use to ourselves and others”.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I am not from San Diego I am not sure how to answer this. I’ll answer for my hometown. I would ensure that we ate at the good restaurants, some hidden gems and some super popular ones like Jerusalem Grill, Harvest Moon, Masaman curry at Blue Fin, Sunflower Baker. Next I’d show my friend the beautiful hills in Rome like Mount Alto, ride through South Rome and discuss the changes and challenges to improve the community in a predominantly Black neighborhood and I’d end with the mural my colleague and I painted at Gogo Shoes at 1018 Martha Berry Hwy. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, I have so many people to shout out. So many mentors and organizations have been pivotal in my journey to success. They are in no particular order: Georgetown University, Mel and Joyce King, Rosemary Ringer, Patrick Healy Fellows, Baker Scholars, Philadelphia Mural Arts, Dave McShane, Eurhi Jones, Dennis Williams, Remedios Ruiz and Regina Ringer.
Instagram: @theinternationalmuralist @blackgirlfree