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.
I work alongside my partner Bud Herrera, Muralist/visual artist born in 1985, Location East Los Angeles California. We occupy walls in public areas where people of diverse cultures and backgrounds can have access to free public art on their daily commutes. My inspiration comes from nature, philosophy, symbolism, culture and organic elements. I also travel to other cities and countries to paint and collaborate with other artists. My objective is to continue creating quality art, while sparking awareness and amplifying diversity in our community one wall at a time.
In 2013 we 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 in 2017-2018 . We partnered with the Arts and Culture office 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.