Influencer: Angie Gonzalez

Acclaimed muralist known as AGONZA talks Rugrats, the best place for Latin food, and what she’s most thankful for


When did you realize that you had artistic talent?

I’ve always known I had a talent for art because I have been drawing since I can remember. I would always draw the Rugrats characters and give them new clothes – I was curious as to why they wore the same clothes every day – and from there it blossomed.


What was the path like from Angie to AGONZA?

This path was scary and unknown. It was like walking into a dark alley blind-folded and just using my other senses to make the right decision in my art career. None of my friends who liked art that came from where I’m from had achieved anything in art. In fact, they lost their passion for it when life hit and they had to put food on the table for their families. I liked painting and thought I would eventually end up in a museum but never on a building wall. I didn’t even know muralism existed until I moved to Massachusetts for a social work job that was sustaining me financially after graduation. I then started reaching out to open calls for murals, as I was a painter already in my personal life.


Do you have a signature color palette or favorite colors to work with? What draws you to those colors and what do they convey to you?

I actually do, unintentionally, as I paint with emotions. These colors are mostly black, orange, brown, blue, and white; to me they relate to individuality, culture, uniqueness, and power.


What are you most thankful for right now?

I’m thankful for the opportunities that have presented to me to make a change and speak up for those who don’t have a platform to express themselves. I’m also thankful to be part of The Avenue Concept as they have helped elevate my art to more than what it could have been here in Providence.


Do you have any favorite shops, cafes, small businesses in Providence?

The Avenue Concept: best public art company and I also am a board member. Bagel Express on Broadway is my favorite for lunch and coffee; Adler’s Hardware is where I buy all of my outdoor paint; and Lunch Box Restaurant has the best Hispanic/Latin food in Providence.


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