Puerto Rican Women Killing It in the Independent Art Scene: Patrice Lladó Díaz

With the internet being so easy to access, it has become easier for independent artists to find an audience and let their work be known. As a result, a variety of movements, collectives, and scenes have found a way to pave their path. The independent art scene in Puerto Rico is no different. Recently, many artists from a variety of disciplines have found platforms that have made it easier for them to share their work. In addition, small businesses such as Electroshock in Santurce and Rio Piedras, bars like Off The Wall in Mayaguez, and libraries like La Casita Books and Gifts in Aguadilla have provided up-and-coming artists a space to display their talents. “Puerto Rican Women Killing It in the Independent Art Scene” is a series of  interviews that provides a glimpse at some of the women who have recently gained recognition in the art scene. Though the artists are asked similar questions, some are asked queries surrounding their work, specifically.


Patrice Lladó Díaz is an artist whose work is inclined towards realism, which she practices through graphite, carbon, colored pencils, acrylic and oil. She also does tattooes and make murals, which usually have social themes.



What got you into the visual arts?

Since I was a little girl, I always loved drawing and painting. So I always did it until I was 12 when my mother paid some art classes for me in Arecibo and that’s where I learned how to use graphite, which I love. Afterwards, I self-taught the other mediums.


How did you develop your style?

I practice and always keep in mind of getting better in what I didn’t like previously. I always like to look at the errors I’m making. I also like to improve myself, though that isn’t always the case. Like in everything, there are frustrating moments.



How has it evolved through the years?

Every time I try to present work with better quality, with more essence. I love my work more and more, but I also love the old ones cause I see how I’m slowly achieving my goal and how I’ve grown in different aspects.


What are some of your influences and inspirations?

One of my biggest influences has been the strength I’ve received from the people around me, especially women, who go against society’s injustices; the type of people who despite all of the problems they face, they don’t give up and see the possibilities for a new world.



Is there any other form of art you wish to pursue? If so, what field and why?

I’m always open to new knowledge. In every medium, you learn a little bit more about yourself and find new ways to express yourself. Right now, I would love to learn how to to do sculpture and proper photography.


What do you think about the current state of the arts in Puerto Rico?

Unfortunately, art doesn’t receive the value it needs, both in schools nor the government. They don’t promote or encourage them and they are very important for the country’s culture and identity. Nevertheless, there have been some initiatives by artists and communities which have sparked the value and admiration towards art in a D.I.Y. fashion.



What do you think about the current state of the independent scene in Puerto Rico?

Little by little the Puerto Rican independent scene has become more inclusive and diverse. However, there needs to be more female representation, plus decentralization because there’s talent all across the island. Me being from the center of the island (Lares), I didn’t count on many opportunities or facilities, unlike the people in the metro area and that needs to change.


If a young girl came up to you and said she wanted to be an artist, what would be your advice for her?

Always believe in yourself and your capabilities. Enjoy the process as much or more than the result.



What is your biggest goal right now?

Start studying arts and learn a lot.


What do you seek to achieve with work?

Appeal to the emotional side of the viewer, spark an emotion and a connection to the piece of art.


All of the pictures in this article were provided by Patrice Lladó Díaz