Interview with Mexicanx Initiative Artist, Dianita Cer贸n

Dianita Cer贸n, John Picacio, and Adria Gonzalez (Photo by Dianita Cer贸n)

Dianita Cer贸n, John Picacio, and Adria Gonzalez (Photo by Dianita Cer贸n)

Please introduce yourself to us and tell us where you grew up, and where you live now. Where can we find you on social me

My name is Diana Vargas-Sampieri but my friends call me Dianita. I use the last name Cer贸n on social media (it鈥檚 my husband鈥檚 last name). I was born and raised in the city of Veracruz in Mexico and I鈥檝e been living in Texas for almost 4 years.

You can find me at:

artbydianita.com where you can find my latest portfolio and my shop.

Twitter: @dianita_art

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dianitaart

Instagram: @dianita_art

What kind of creative work do you do?

I鈥檓 a traditional artist with a special love for graphite, ink, and painting with acrylics and oils. I create art and small stories inspired by the incredible people in my life, they have taught me to stay strong, kind, and respectful of other people and our world. I try to portray women who protect worlds where there are lots of normal and magical creatures.

I鈥檇 love to inspire people of all ages with images where kindness is a strength!

Had you ever been to a Worldcon before?

No, Worldcon 76 was my first Worldcon ever!

What did you expect being part of the Initiative would be like? How did your experience compare with that expectation?

I arrived hoping to meet new people and find new opportunities for my art. In the end, my experience was a million times more intense than I expected. I realized that the path I鈥檓 following with my art feels right. I returned home humbler and more inspired by the works of the artists and authors from the Initiative who I met in person during the four days I attended the convention.

Smok, Vania Soto, Gonzalo Alvarez, Grace Chadwick, Cody Jimenez, and Dianita Cer贸n (Sent by Dianita Cer贸n; photo by Anonymous with Dianita's camera)

Smok, Vania Soto, Gonzalo Alvarez, Grace Chadwick, Cody Jimenez, and Dianita Cer贸n (Sent by Dianita Cer贸n; photo by Anonymous with Dianita's camera)

Tell us about a highlight of your Worldcon experience.

I feel the highlight moment of my Worldcon experience was being on stage with my new Mexicanx Initiative family. With every word that John read from our statement I realized I had a big responsibility to represent the values we, the Mexican people, hold deep in our hearts. Standing there, linking our arms and being welcomed and supported by this wonderful community was the biggest moment of my time at the convention!

Recommend any or all of the following: a song, a written work, a piece of visual art, and a movie. Tell us why you love them!

Song: I鈥檓 bad with music! If I had to recommend a song it would be from Mexico:

鈥淐ielito Lindo鈥 - It鈥檚 a song that makes me happy!

Written Work: I haven鈥檛 read as much as I鈥檇 like to, but based on the passion of my fellow Mexicanx Initiative authors I would definitely recommend reading their works! I highly recommend The Legend of Polloman by Gonzalo Alvarez!

Visual piece of art: I鈥檓 seriously bad at picking just one.

鈥淧egasus Befriends the Muses鈥 by Julie Bell. She鈥檚 one of my favorite artists ever; her art is a blend of many things I love!

鈥淐asita de dulces II鈥 by Guillermo Lorca. I love this piece because of the juxtaposition of innocence and decay which is very characteristic of his art.

鈥淟a Valiente鈥 by John Picacio. This is a reinterpretation of El Valiente which is a Loteria card featuring the classic image of a macho man. John turned it into an image of a fierce and elegant woman and I can鈥檛 stop looking at her!

鈥淗uor and Hurin approaching Gondolin鈥 by Donato Giancola. It鈥檚 one of the pieces I would love to study inch by inch because of its beautiful composition and the colors only he could manage to achieve!

Movie: I鈥檓 not the best source for movie recommendations, but I would definitely say Pan鈥檚 Labyrinth! Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro

What was the funniest thing that happened during your trip?

Losing a bag containing my business card holder for my Art Show panel and then realizing, after the Art Show reception, that I left it in the car that morning!

Where should new people start familiarizing themselves with your work?

My Patreon: patreon.com/artbydianita - With Patreon I鈥檓 trying to build a community around my work where I share sketches, ideas and more personal thoughts. It鈥檚 a beautiful way to share my growth with people who have faith in my art and my stories!

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