Victor Mosquera is sending you good vibes.
“My entire goal is to bring joy to people,” says the Colombian artist. “If there’s someone tired, coming back from work on the bus, scrolling through Instagram, and they see something from me, hopefully it will make their day better.”
Mosquera’s psychedelic style is inspired by the music he loves, including a lifelong obsession with Pink Floyd and a passion for ambient electronica. It’s also the product his own search for meaning and joy after finding himself far from home, doing what he thought was his life’s dream, and yet deeply unhappy.
“I initially got into making art on the computer because I didn’t have the money to afford a lot of traditional tools,” says Mosquera. “It was way cheaper for me to get a computer with Photoshop than to spend money on 10 years of art materials.”
“Where I come from in Colombia, it’s not easy to get money from art,” says Mosquera. “I realized early on, if I wanted to have a career to support myself and support my family, I needed to do something with art. The safest way I saw was doing concept design for games and movies.”
He devoted himself to learning the craft using an old computer and a copy of Adobe Photoshop. Years later, when a major video game developer offered him a job creating concept art in Toronto, Canada, he took it.
In the end, the leap of faith paid off. Today, Mosquera is part of Foreign Family Collective, a record label and creative outlet run by music duo Odesza, for which he creates concert posters and branding. He has also worked with a variety of other musicians, including Dirty Heads, G Jones, Seven Lions, Slushii, and MitiS, creating artwork for album releases and visuals for live shows. Earlier this year, he was part of the team that created visuals for Kid Cudi’s Coachella performance featuring Kanye West.
Mosquera credits the community he’s found on social media with setting him in the right direction. “It used to be really hard to connect with galleries and international artists,” he says. “Now I can show my work to thousands of people. I may not know anyone around me, but I can always find artists whose work I like and reach out or get advice—from everywhere. Some have even become friends that I’ve now met in person and collaborated with. It’s like there’s this community around you that has your back.”