Journal Entry

September 27th, 2018

"THE MOMENT"

"I remember one night very clearly, when I broke down to a friend and told them I didn’t think I could keep doing art.

 

I had been making very little money but I was working my ass off trying to make ends meet. I was working 16 hr days between my part time job and art, never really taking a break. The only time I did was to workout or maybe cop a free drink for an hr to forget about the fact that my dreams were too far ahead of me to actually see. I told her I couldn’t keep going and maybe this just wasn’t for me and I was wrong, that this was never what I was meant to do. She didn't discourage me nor encourage, just listened and agreed. Told me that yeah, maybe things would be better if I just got a ‘normal job’.

 

I went home, accepted that I had failed and I was just going to look for something else the next morning.

 

When I woke up I called my mom and told her I’d prob be moving back home and that I wasn’t going to do art anymore. Honestly, I expected her to be relieved, as she never really supported art in the first place. Instead, she reminded me of a time when I had all my clothes in garbage bags, was hopping from couch to couch, and somehow managed to get on my feet and snag an apartment. Her exact words to me...

 

"If that girl was strong enough to pull herself together and believe in herself, and she was in a much worse position, then what is your excuse for quitting now? Call me back with more faith and strength because this isn’t my daughter on the phone”

 

Within the next month I quit my part time job. And I dove...dove so deep, right past my fear and found the energy to keep pushing...3 Months later, Bacardi sponsored me as an artist."

-A.E.

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BACARDI x ALEJANDRA ESTEFANIA

SHESUMMIT Featured Artist 2017

Journal Entry

November 13th, 2019

"IT WAS ALWAYS A DREAM OF MINE"

"It was always a dream of mine to speak to people and share the inspiration that guided me to freedom. Bacardi made that happen in a big way. When I was asked to speak at the SPIRIT FORWARD, I cried. God was working behind me, through me, and all around me. The blessings of people in my life have been multiplied through this art. I can't wait to share all I've been given."

-A.E.

SPIRIT FOWARD 2019

Featured Artist & Speaker

Journal Entry

January 30th, 2020

"NIKE BABY!"

NIKE BABBBYYY!!! It’s one thing to make art, it’s another thing to make art that matters. NIKE thank you so much for this incredible opportunity. I feel so honored to make art that’s going to inspire the future legends that will come out of this stadium. Honestly, any chance I can make work to empower is something to be grateful for. But to do it with NIKE for the Super Bowl? Come on....that’s just too much. Community work is Gods work. Thank you for letting me use my gifts for something bigger than me. This stadium is so full of stories of triumph. Real people with real dreams thrive here. The stadium is a massive part of Miami History. Wow. Thank you God.

PS!!!!! I was the only female artist so come on ladies!!! We out here!!!!!

-A.E.

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NIKE x ALEJANDRA ESTEFANIA

SUPERBOWL LIV 2019

Traz Powell Stadium Mural

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YOU CANT STOP OUR VOTE, 2020

Campaign Partnership

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ART OF CHANGE x ALEJANDRA ESTEFANIA

Artists in animation, illustration, games and the fine arts come together to support Black lives through a book of art and story. 2020

Journal Entry

December 5th, 2018

"ART OF CHANGE"

"I was asked by @artofchange2020 to create these pieces for a book/project they’re releasing in celebration of Black Lives. I was honored to do so. I was asked to create alongside A list artists who illustrate and animate for Disney, Bluesky Studios, and other top animation houses. I was beyond honored. I was asked to express the importance of Black Lives through these portraits of Madam Vice President, @kamalaharris ....I was speechless. I cannot express how much this project moved me because it’s too much. I can’t tell you how elated I felt to watch a woman of color become everything that is possible. My friends, my family, it doesn’t matter where you stand in your political view. The truth of the matter is, watching boxes shatter and witnessing change in the right direction so that every person may feel equal-is a beautiful human thing. I am over the moon and so grateful that I get to do this with my art. I am elated that I get to pose next to this strong woman and speak on how it makes me feel. Parents, tell your kids about their greatness. Tell the little girls the power of themselves. Share what’s possible! We can only go up from here....

-A.E.

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Journal Entry

June 19, 2018

"SPONSORED!"

"Officially Sponsored by one of the Worlds largest Art Material Suppliers! I am over the moon with joy! Art Supplies have and will always be *expensive*. SO thankful to have been approached by a company that believes in me as an artist and is willing to supply me with all I need! What a gift! The CEO, even paid my studio a visit and spent real one on one time with me before it was all official. I love it when people are intentional about the way they give. Just honored to be a part of such a wonderful Brand and company...Let's see what all comes from their Paint!"

-A.E.

Journal Entry

December 5th, 2018

"CARNAVAL MIAMI!"

"For months i’ve had to keep this a secret and now I can finally share my big news!!! I am officially the 2019 CARNAVAL MIAMI POSTER ARTIST! My art will be seen all over Miami and in global Channels! This is such an incredible honor and I’m so thankful to have been chosen. 

Carnaval Miami is the largest latin art festival in the country and is broadcasted internationally.

 

Thanks to these amazing people, my work will be seen worldwide! I really cannot express the joy I feel. Thank you to Mayte, for putting together this event and for being so helpful! Thank you to the President of Kiwanis, Jesus, for helping facilitate these opportunities! Thank you Carlos for seeing something in me and seeking me out to represent Carnaval Miami!

 

I WAS THE FIRST ECUADORIAN TO BE CHOSEN IN OVER 70 years!!!!! Entonces mi gente!!! SEGUIMOS!"

-A.E.

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CARNAVAL MIAMI x ALEJANDRA ESTEFANIA

2019 CARNAVAL MIAMI POSTER ARTIST

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Journal Entry

December 10th, 2018

"IT'S HAPPENING!"

There is so much happening, so many dreams manifesting!  Not because i'm lucky, not because, i've worked so hard for it, but because the standard for my life and myself changed. So I leveled up and met my new standard, aligned myself with what I wanted, and just focused on being happy and at peace, because I knew all those things were coming. My only job, was to paint! 

-A.E.