Writing this particular piece came very close to my heart as I have the honor of writing about a very talented Mexican young artist Roberta Lobeira. As a Mexican woman living in the United States myself, it brings me extra pleasure to share stories about other wonderful and successful Mexican women making a name for themselves in this country.
A new mom to a gorgeous baby boy, Oliver and two very lively bulldogs, Antonia and Matias, Roberta (Roby) Lobeira still manages to keep a disciplined schedule to interpret her dreams into a canvas without forgetting her most successful role; being a mom and a wife.
Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, she began painting at the age of 5. She studied in prestigeous art schools in Paris, Oaxaca and New York. After school she moved to Mexico city for a few years where she continued to paint and married Anwar, the love of her life. Now residing in San Diego, CA she keeps a little studio in her home that has allowed her to focus on her artwork which has become extremely desired.
"I began selling my art work when I was 12, at first I thought I was going to be a cartoon artist but as I grew I started changing and my painting as well, but always about fantasy, painting surreal worlds and questioning myself how do I imagine life and characters in another world. Now I’m a surreal artist, and sell my own work...for now" says Roby.
[LS] How did it all start? What made you decide to pursue this path?
I started painting since I was 5 yrs old, my mother was my biggest fan and always encouraged me to keep going, she would frame all my drawings and paintings and hang them on the walls, and they were horrible but it made me feel very important. I always knew I was going to do this for a living.
When I was 14 my mother took me to a very important gallery whose owner was at that time one of the most respected art critics in Latin America. He told me that I had talent and asked me how many hours a day I dedicated to my art, I said two hours a day, he told me I was going to get married at 20 and that I would only paint on Sunday’s, as a hobby, he said when I painted at least 8 hours a day, I should come back. I felt terrible, but at the time he encouraged me to keep going and to demonstrate that I could do it professionally, and of course I went from 2 to 10 hours a day. And he finally tried to sign me a couple of years ago.
LS] What steps did you have to take to conquer your goal?
Well, this profession has always been very difficult. You must work very hard, be authentic and be a good seller, never work for free and believe in yourself but I think working hard is the most important thing and in my case, the more I work the more inspiration I have. Knowing that I must get better and better with time, there’s a lot of competition out there.
[LS] How do you manage envy, ego or jealousy from getting in the way of your dreams?
I think in the art world, I don’t deal with that, I think there’s an audience for every artist, I have a lot of talented friends that are artists, and each one of us have a very different style and technique, I try to always recommend the ones that I like and I believe in. Collaboration is very important.
[LS] What are some of the qualities you believe a person must have to build their own business/brand?
Perseverance, consistency, and to be hungry but never thirsty.
It happens a lot in this world that clients often try to get your work for less, and that’s why we have a lot of starving artists.
[LS] What do you love most about your profession?
I love that I can do it everywhere, that I have my own schedule, Although I can paint whenever I want, I paint from Monday to Sunday 8-5 more less, everyone asks me if I get up in the middle of the night and paint, I never do that LOL. I love painting with natural light. I have my studio inside my bedroom, that way I don’t have much noise or distractions.
[LS] If you were to pinpoint a few tools for success, what would they be?
Hard work & network
[LS] What advice would you give a young girl about getting out in the “real” world?
If you believe in your work, work hard and it will pay off, never stop. If I had stopped when that critic turned me down, I would never be where I am today.
[LS] Finding a mentor is key. Do you have a female mentor or idol growing up who has significantly impacted your life? How?
I don’t have a mentor, but I grew admiring a Mexican artist named Julio Gallon, Salvador Dali, Magritte Leonora Carrington etc…
Julio was my favorite, I met him a couple of years before he died. He was very young and talented, I tried to paint like him all my childhood, of course I didn’t even get close. He had a very rough life and I was fascinated by him.
[LS] What / who inspires YOU to get through each day & overcome every challenge?
My Art work is inspired by all beautiful things, and I try to create magical worlds, inspired by my dreams, fantasies, movement and color.
[LS] What is your definition of BEAUTIFUL?
A sunset, a painting, a dog, I love fashion , I use to paint a lot couture, I love the way fabrics fall and the different textures, etc. I love painting them.
[LS} What is your favorite shade of Lipstick?
[LS] Why do you think women organizations like Lipstick Sister are important?
Women must always support each other
[LS] Do you have a favorite quote that empowers you, if so, share it with us!