Destiny comes to us on its own terms. For renowned airbrush artist, Alberto Herrera, most assume his journey in art began in his childhood, which is not the case. In fact, he didn’t start until his freshman year in high school, when he began doing Old English letters and roses on his classmate’s binders. “Lowriders always caught my attention and high school is when I drew my first car. At the time, I thought it came out great and for being my first one, it was,” says Alberto. The artist wouldn’t even begin to pick up the medium he is known for until 2002.
Alberto’s career had a slow beginning. “I wanted to make a living off of art, but I saw that drawing wasn’t going to get me there,” he explains. A few years later, Alberto met Tony Riveras, who was airbrushing shirts at the mall. Alberto learned from him and then started helping him out by airbrushing shirts at malls and at various fairs.
Alberto’s brother, Francisco, had the idea to set up an airbrushing booth at the swap meet. Alberto wasn’t in favor of the idea, but he agreed due to his brother’s persistence and his willingness to help out. After a year and a half Alberto began to get tired of getting up early to set up a booth outside with the weather of the Swap Meet settings.
While he enjoyed making custom designs, Alberto’s real desire was to airbrush murals on Lowriders, but he didn’t have the clientele. “One day I took my portfolio to a bakery where the owner would always park his Lowrider outside of the bakery and I told him that I airbrushed and asked if he was interested in having airbrushing done to his Lowrider.” The owner liked his work and was interested in having him airbrush his car, but he didn’t want to be Alberto’s first customer. Instead, his first customer ended up being someone that saw him airbrushing shirts and wanted a mural on their truck’s tailgate. From there, Alberto did the bakery owner’s Lowrider and his clientele began to build. Currently, Alberto has murals some of the most noteworthy Lowriders in the scene; such as “Cherry 64,” “Scarface” and “Heavy Hitter.”
Alberto is currently working on a clothing line called “Bonafide Hustla” and you can see more of that at: www.BonafideHustla.com or on their Facebook at: www.facebook.com/bhstreetwear. Also, be sure to check out his website: www.QualityArtDesigns.com and his Facebook at: www.facebook.com/qualityartdesigns.