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I am Albert, a young artist from Atlanta, Georgia! Early on, my family was very open to my interests and encouraged me to pursue things outside of what they knew. Though both of my parents are in STEM, my father loves playing the violin, my brother played the piano growing up, and when I was little, they would often take me to museums. Because of this culture, I tried many things artistic like theatre, chorus, writing and visual art. The latter two, I continued into high school by joining Westminster’s school paper and advanced art track, which allowed me to take AP Studio Art.

I’ve attended The Kenyon Review workshop for writing, participated in Scholastic Arts and Writing, and engaged with theatre at school and beyond. For visual arts, I received a scholarship to learn at Savannah College of Arts and Design; am involved on my school’s fine arts magazine, Embyro; and have taken part in several school-sponsored programs with Atlanta High Museum, The Atlanta Beltline, and Art Basel.

Much of my writing and art is situated in urban Atlanta, and the messages they paint—the two-faced nature of human rights, the abundance but scarcity of food, and expressions of diversity.

My 5 short tips how to paint yourself

1. Don’t be afraid to experiment: With pen, paper, and the willingness to take some risk. You can create experiments where the most exciting ideas prevail.

2. Set your tolerance of failure high: Be bold and think big. Embrace your creativity.

3. Hone the fundamentals: Ability to render convincingly often limits young artists. To draw something accurately, you have to learn to perceive it the right way. Practice the fundamentals.

4. Understand your blueprint: Technical ability separates beginners from intermediate artists, but the development of a distinct style distinguishes advanced artists. Know yourself well–what interests you, what makes you laugh or think, and what you want to say–so that you can develop your artistic identity.

5. Go beyond in your study: Take advantage of opportunities in your school, community, or programs at institutes. Maybe take an art history class to understand the theory behind the art. Watch a movie about art. This will enhance your understanding.

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