Sunshine Deia Tutt is a soul-sized street artist out of Los Angeles, California. With her creative and colorful designs, she has had major success in the art world. In this interview, we discuss Sunshine’s artwork and her thoughts on the state of street art today.
Introduction: What is Street Art?
Street art is an activity that has been around since ancient times. It began as a way for artists to communicate their messages to the public, and to make their work visible to as many people as possible. Today, street art is a popular way for artists to express themselves and connect with their communities.
Sunshine Deia Tutt is a soul sized street artist from the Philippines. She is known for her vibrant and colorful paintings, which often focus on social issues and everyday life in the Philippines. In this interview, Sunshine shares her story and explains why she started painting street art.
What do you love most about street art?
There are so many things I love about street art! Painting on the streets gives me an opportunity to share my creative ideas and messages with people who might not see my work in other venues. It’s also wonderful to be part of a community of artists who support and encourage one another. What do you think makes street art unique?
Street art is unique because it’s interactive! The public can often help create the artwork by adding their own touches or comments. This creates a very participatory experience that is different from traditional art galleries. How has your artwork evolved over time
How did you start exploring street art?
I was always a creative person, and I grew up drawing and painting. But when I moved to Miami in 2006, it felt like there was so much opportunity to express myself through my artwork. So I started tagging walls and sidewalks all around the city, and it just kind of snowballed from there. I love that street art is such a grassroots form of art- you can literally find it anywhere you go. It’s not about making a big statement or trying to be famous- it’s just about expressing yourself through creativity.
What inspires your work?
I get a lot of inspiration from people and their stories. I love to see the positive impact my work can have on people’s lives.
What steps did you take to become an artist today?
I grew up in a really creative family, so art was always something I loved. When I was around twelve or thirteen, I started painting murals and street art. It was a way for me to express myself and make my community better. Today, I continue to paint murals and street art, but I also teach workshops on how to create your own pieces!
Do you believe in the creative process or does your art come from a specific place
I believe in the creative process. My art comes from a place of love and intention.
Did you have any mentors along the way?
I had a lot of mentors along the way, but I would say my biggest one was my father. He always showed me that it’s okay to be yourself and that you can do anything you set your mind to.
How do you share your work with others?
Sunshine Deia Tutt: Interview with a Soul Sized Street Artist
Interview by Katherine J. Pohlman | Photos by Sunshine Deia Tutt
When one thinks of street art, often images of large-scale murals come to mind. However, there is another type of street artist who makes their mark with smaller pieces of art – soul sized artists like Sunshine Deia Tutt. Her pieces are often whimsical and brightly painted, and they can be found all over the city of Los Angeles. We recently had the opportunity to speak with her about her work and how she chooses to share it with the world.
Katherine J. Pohlman: What led you to become a soul sized street artist?
Sunshine Deia Tutt: I grew up in LA and always loved going down to the streets and exploring. I started painting as a hobby in my early twenties, but never thought much of it until I moved to New York City in 2013. There, I met Banksy and saw his work for the first time – it really inspired me to start painting smaller pieces and share my art with a wider audience.
KJP: How do you go about choosing which areas