Naomi Valdivia is truly a Southern California artist, raised in Carson, CA, went to highschool in Hollywood at Fairfax Visual Arts Magnet, and college finishing with a BFA in Illustration from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She currently is a Graphic Designer and freelance Illustrator in Camarillo, CA.
Her style is influenced by meshing cultures, as she is a living, breathing mesh of cultures herself-specifically half Filipino, a quarter Japanese, and a quarter Caucasian, and within those ethnicities, are countless mixtures. Her work is
mostly digital, mixing the clean vector quality of Illustrator with the many painterly possibilities of Photoshop.
She is the "Rice" factor of Beenznrice, of which her husband Carlos, who is Mexican American, is the "Beenz". She also mixes religious and Mexican themes in her work, most strongly Dia De Los Muertos themes and aesthetics. She likes the idea of mixing something that is beautiful with something that is seen as morbid-therefore creating its own haunting and thought provoking beauty.