Interview: Rei Ramirez


Name: Rei Ramirez

Where do you live: Miami Beach, FL.

Known for: Rei Ramirez aka Urban-Organikz

Currently working with:
Studio works and some Murals in Miami

When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
I’ve always had an interest in the creative field, like Graphic Design, which i received a Bachelors for in 2003 at Art Institute Fort Lauderdale, but after I began painting slowly developed a passion to paint more and do more hands on creations.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
Somewhere relatively close to the beach, I find great inspiration and meditative near the ocean and nature.

How would you describe your creativity?
I have been building different inspirations, from comic book art and fantasy art, to graphic design, typography and recently graffiti. Also. the street art movement all this inspires me to create. Also, nature and people.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
January 2015, I came to realization on my way to a new job I had gotten for a corporate advertising, that I want to apply all my time into painting and visual arts. I then invested my capital and time into a private studio.

What do you do at the moment?
Graphic Design for main client, and occasional mural work and then the remaining of my time is studio work on my own pieces with acrylics and oil on wood or canvas.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Stay productive, stay positive, make connections. Stay inspired, be mindful of social media, use it as a tool and stay away from comparisons to other artists through it.

Tell us how it all started.
Ever since childhood I’ve looked to be creating small drawings of animals, orcas, dolphins and sharks. Then I began drawing comic book heroes like Superman, Lone Ranger etc. Then, into my adolescent years, I began drawing words and graffiti ideas although never really got into actual graffiti art and pieces etc. But I think what really stayed with me through my teenage years was my fondness with comic book art, and fantasy art like Frazetta. I became an avid collector at the time, of different comic books of the 1990’s. Spiderman, X-Men, Hulk, etc. I was really drawn to the comic book artists of the time, such as Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Eric Larsen, and especially Todd McFarlane.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Positive creative energy, and lighting.

What is your favorite film?
Too many to name: Lord of the Rings part 1, The Professional, Godfather, Predator 1, The Big Blue, Boyhood, those come to mind.

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Leonardo DiCaprio, I would like to ask him about all his work on saving the environment, and his sources of inspiration.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
I love the outdoors, so a nice trip somewhere in nature.

What is luxury for you?
Living free from worries and doing what I love which is creating.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
When someone really feels my work and tells me to keep it up.

What do you fear most?
Losing my creative drive, my loss of inspiration.

What is a happy life to you?
Free, creating, and having friends and loved ones around.

What does a regular day look like for you?
My days as of this point in my career, start with some freelance graphic design work for clients, then in the afternoon and evening it’s studio time.

Tell us about your dream project.
Travel around the world creating art weather thru murals or galleries and making relationships.

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
Mainly other artists, philanthropists, people that have made a difference and have not let their failures bring them down.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?

What inspires you?
Nature, people, travel, places, music, other artists.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
The alchemist, The Artists Way.

Connect with Rei via LinkedIn and Facebook
Follow him on Instagram and Tumblr
Check out his awesome website

small daddy liquers framelapse from Rei Ramirez on Vimeo.

Homegrown Group Mural Project from Miranda Peterson on Vimeo.

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