Alumni Stories: “Where Are They Now?”

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Adrian Romero didn’t have a drawing portfolio, so he rapped.
Adrian’s art is heavily influenced by his love of music.
Adrian was surprised to discover his creative side at AFH.

“I didn’t think I was that creative until I started painting stuff. Then it was like, ‘Whoa I have so many ideas now.’”

The first painting Adrian sold as an AFH teen employee.
Adrian with Rob Gibbs, AFH Co-Founder, and Painting Studio Mentor.
“Sting Like a Killa Bee”—a piece Adrian created for a Wu-Tand Clan art exhibit, 2015.

“I looked for open-minded kids who were really about making art.”

“Even though I came here thinking I was just doing a job, I hope today’s teens are engaged with what’s going on [right from the start]. I do see a lot of new kids who are killing it! I’m really surprised at what the kids are creating nowadays and can’t wait to see what’s next.”

”Untitled” 2018—Watercolor painting by Adrian Romero

“I would like to be in my 50s and still see AFH developing a community of young artists and designers in Boston, continuing to provide creative employment opportunities and an outlet for creative expression.”

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