Victor Manuel Rivera III

Coming out of Los Angeles, California, we give you Victor Manual Rivera III, as our featured artist. We picked him because his art is simply undeniable. His work somehow elicit emotions comprising of happiness and positivity. His play with colors will easily make anyone turn their heads more than once on his art.

Get familiar with this LA based visual artist and be inspired on how started and kept pursuing what he loves to be doing for the rest of his life.


An Interview with Victor Manuel Rivera III

APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?

Victor: I would say the birth of my creativity started when I was a kid. Watching and mimicking cartoons like the Looney Tunes, Spongebob, Dragonball Z and The Simpsons. I can remember being in 4th grade and just drawing Spongebob 24/7 and it was around this time when I remember a conscious shift to me realizing that Art was what I wanted to pursue. I feel like Hip Hop was a huge influence in my creativity because of the artwork, music videos, clothing and just all around energy of hip hop has always been something that I wanted to incorporate into my style of creating. Also my father is a DJ and is involved with music so when visiting him he would always have his homies over and they were all talented. My dads brother and my older cousin are Artist as well and that always inspired me.

APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?

Victor: I just want them to connect with it in whatever way possible. I love when someone sees a painting of mine and tells me what memories they have that connect them to that piece. Art is very subjective so not everyone will love my work and I understand that and just appreciate anyone taking the time to look at my work.

APA: What advice would you give to other aspiring artists?

Victor: Keep Going. Always keep going because if you don't, then you'll never know. I moved to LA with nothing but a backpack, there was plenty of times where I could have given up and moved back home to the East coast but I kept going and because of that a new opportunity would present itself. Always be ready.  

APA: What artists influence your work most?

Victor: Everyone that I am going to name inspires me to continue creating more so then influences my work. Artist like Picasso, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, KAWS, Shigeo Fukuda, Pharrell Williams, Aaron Kai and the list goes on.


APA: What most often inspires your work?

Victor: Everything. Everything around me is always inspiring me and I am constantly thinking about new things that I can create based off of the everyday things I do, see and hear. I don’t like to confine myself to one certain type of inspiration because then my work can become repetitive.

APA: What is the best part about creating art?

Victor: The feeling that I get when I am creating is the best part. When I look back to when I was a kid I remember the feeling I would get when I would finish a piece of art or the enjoyment I would get when I am creating something new. It’s so therapeutic and while I’m creating I am just so at peace. No matter what type of mood I’m in, once I begin to paint I feel the weight lifted.

APA: What is your creative process like?

Victor: Everyone’s creative process is different and some people have more structured approaches then others. For myself I kinda just jump right into it and see where it goes.

APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?

Authenticity and a genuine approach to the art will always create something more powerful then someone that is only creating art to be the “cool artsy person on instagram.” A lot of work nowadays is being mimicked and kind of just half-assed because money is involved.

APA: It’s a random day 10 years ago, what were you creating?

Victor: 10 years ago I was in 8th grade so I was probably sitting in high school filling my agenda with sketches of random cartoons and graffiti styled lettering.

Follow Victor on all of his social media accounts linked below and you can also visit his website for more information about his upcoming art releases.

•Twitter: @vmr3art

•Instagram: @VMR.3

Profile photo courtesy of @aldaelong