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Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Hugue.
Michael, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
It all began my senior year of high school at Homestead Sr High. I was involved in various activities: football, track, and wrestling; but I also developed a passion for the arts. I was always interested in becoming a visual artist, which most people really did not know about. My mentor/teacher Chivas Davis helped me discover my gift in AP Art. I had a hunger to find my style as an artist; working with different materials such as oil, acrylic, pencils, and newspaper.
I looked up to some the greats such as Michelangelo, and BK the Artist. After finding my passion, I turned down two big opportunities in football and track and decided to go to school at Miami International University of Art & Design to study Graphic Design–a major component in helping me start the More Than art Brand.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
MTAB is a brand where the artist can create, and at the same time bring in profit.
Displaying and creating artwork that has a message, everything that you see on the MTAB shirts and products are hand-painted on a canvas then transfer to shirt or whatever product we choose. “A picture is worth a thousand words”. MTAB not only believes in the product but the process as well.
It is believed that life itself is a process, which provides a story behind the artwork. We want to reach people through art and fashion mediums. We plan on growing; we just got into our first store this year: Miami Cooljs, and later on down the road hopefully, we’ll sign our first artist to the brand. The goal is to build a profitable community/ platform for the artist.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I define success as being humble having an open mindset and understand others that involved. Success is what you make it you can have nothing and still feel successful, or you can have it all and feel like you have nothing. I feel to enjoy the success you have to enjoy the process.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns? I honestly feel it’s what you make it. You have to put yourself out there. You have to find a community of people that will support you, whether it is a teacher or mentor because knowledge is the key. I have had my fair share of trial and error, and there were times I wanted to give up. I just thank God for my family and friends, because I couldn’t do this by myself. The brand has an amazing team that feels more like a family. Everyone plays an important role.