Monica Magtoto (5'2")
Graphic Artist / Illustrator / Letterer
Suicide prevention is a cause that is near and dear to Monica's heart because she lost a dear friend to suicide 12 years ago. Since then, she has been actively involved in preventing another tragedy from happening.
We have reached the final (No. 9) installment of our "Short Girls Crushing It" series! I have been saving this featured "short girl" for the last because I want to conclude by leaving you with some thought-provoking arts from a local artist. And you will not be disappointed. Our featured 5-foot-2 this week is an incredible San Francisco native, who draws inspiration from her experience as a woman of color in a diverse and rapidly changing urban landscape.
A graphic artist, illustrator and letterer, Monica Magtoto has an unique perspective and skill at expressing issues surrounding her community and heritage through dream-like, and bold, graphic imagery of women. Her creative influences include vintage sign painting, Victorian and Japanese art, San Francisco mural arts, Native American, and Mexican folk art.
Speaking of heritage, Monica is the result of an interestingly wild mix:
- Her father is Filipino, he moved here from the Philippines at age 4.
- Her mother is equal quarters: Filipino, Irish, Mexican, and Cape Verdean.
- Her mother's mother is Filipino/Cape Verde; her father was Irish/Mexican.
In addition to her heritage, which shapes her point of view uniquely, what is interesting about Monica's artworks is her choice of using coffee.
"I work primarily in watercolor, ink, and coffee. Through my work, I explore themes surrounding women healers and their tools and rituals. I also explore the use of patterns as meditation throughout different cultures."
"Waxing Crescent", 2014. Ink and pencil on cardboard (4.5" x 9").
"For the Love of the City", 2015. Watercolor, ink, and coffee on paper (20" x 15").
"Meticulous Minutiae", 2013. Ink on clapboard (5" x 5").
Monica's Latest "Crush It" Moment
I curated a group art show titled "Y No Nos Vamos - And We're Not Leaving", featuring works of more than ten artists from the San Francisco Bay area. The theme of the show focused on how SF and Bay Area artists are adapting and changing along with the current socio-economic shifts and seeks to empower different communities to preserve their heritage and culture while learning new ways to thrive in this place we call home.
Good Causes Monica Supports
Monica does a lot of work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Recently, she completed the fund raising effort of walking the 18-mile Out of the Darkness Overnight experience. Suicide prevention is a cause that is near and dear to her heart because she lost a dear friend to suicide 12 years ago. Since then, she has been involved in prevent another tragedy from happening. She even started a making a series of tips called Survivor Pro Tips to share.
The fund she raised here through our Short Girls Crushing It initiative support this incredible organization in the research, advocacy, survivor support, education, and awareness programs – both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide:
Our Interview with Monica
(click image to enlarge interview)
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Posted on 17 June 2016