Hello, My name is Shmi. I am a visual artist native to Santa Ana, California. I am of Mexican descent and have been painting for over 15 years. It all started as a kid, I was always been drawn towards creating with my hands. I began painting backdrops for plays in grade school and helping my pops build sets for plays at church. It was not til 2007 that I began working as a muralist. My work evolved from original graffiti characters and lettering to colorful murals that adorn public,private and commercial spaces. I am inspired by my culture and utilizing color along with organic elements. Through art I have been able to travel and paint all over. Art has opened many doors for me and has allowed me to share my story through each piece. In 2013 I Co-Founded The Heavy in Santa Ana, California,
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 have become Santa Ana's most prolific artist today due to our large body of work that we have created in the city. We have received three Investing in Artist Grants from the City of Santa Ana and The Arts and Culture commission to help develop more Art and Culture in Santa Ana. The Heavy has utilized this opportunity to help create public art spaces for the community in Santa Ana. In addition our work aims to collaborate with students to develop public murals that celebrate diversity and educate the community on the rich culture of the city. Through public art our focus is to beautify public spaces, empower people to be proud of there culture and spark awareness in others through visual art. Using art as a universal language to create and build a stronger community. Our goal is build community through public art and work with residents to help create a thriving community.