Hello, My name is Kimberly Duran, professionally known as
"SHMI". I am a visual artist native to Santa Ana, California. I am of Mexican descent and the daughter of two migrant parents who settled in the city. I have always been drawn towards creating and building with my hands and began painting mural backdrops for plays at 16. My medium of choice is aerosol and acrylic. I specialize in large scale mural paintings. My work evolved from graffiti characters to colorful vibrant imagery. I am inspired by my heritage. Folk arts rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community.
In 2013 I co-Founded a mural team. The Heavy Collective is a collaboration between myself and Bud Herrera, aka Thirds Realm. The Heavy focuses on using Art as a tool to enrich the community and beautify both public, private and commercial spaces. We emphasize in developing custom art pieces that are made with lots of love. We have become Santa Ana's most prolific artist due to our large body of work that we have created in the city, (according to Voice OC). We also been granted multiple Investing in Artist Grants from the City of Santa Ana . We partnered with the Arts and Culture commission to help develop more Art and Culture in the city. The Heavy has utilized these opportunities to help create and build public art spaces for the community .Through public art we beautify public spaces and bring artwork to daily commuters. Using art as a universal language to create and build a stronger community. Art should be everywhere.