Her personality knocks down barriers and her talent has no limits.
As we are patiently waiting, discussing what questions to ask over our cups of frozen yogurt and frantically warding off an army of bees, our eyes met on the Vietnamese-American beauty walking across the street towards us. Donning neon-yellow headphones and teal hair while seemingly bopping to the sound of her beat, we couldn’t help but become enamored with her.
While surveying the eccentric woman in front of us, we couldn’t help but notice her positive vibes radiating more intensely than the sun light beaming down on us. Her effervescence was instantly contagious. We cracked a smile and waved her over to our table, while a number of thoughts ran through our minds. “What would we even say?” “I’ve never interviewed an artist before?” “How will this even come out?”
What would come next was a story that was so unpredictable that the moment we left our counterpart, we reveled with excitement; unable to process the incredible amount of accomplishments that this talented young artist has under her belt.
Olivia Nguyen – rather known by most as her artistic title, FiyaBomb – has seemingly done it all, and is only beginning to hit the cusp of her potential. The rising star has achieved more than the average twenty-something. Not one, but two gallery openings, and countless sales to A-list celebs later, the spontaneous rebel stays true to her humility – and her roots.
The definition of living in your own world, Nguyen invigorates the very essence of what you would imagine an artist to be. Since the time she could grip a paint brush, art has been her dream. While she has always felt that art was her calling, it took the Nguyen family, especially her parents, some time and convincing for them to jump onboard and feel the same way. Raised in a conservative Vietnamese family that values their culture’s traditions, art was not considered a profitable dream. However, Liv used the doubt as her ammunition and worked hard to improve her craft – allowing her talent to speak on her behalf. In comparison to her siblings, Liv followed an alternative career path. Although it took time for them to understand her unconventional aspirations, her family members are now her biggest advocates. “My daughter is an artist,” she reminisced as she described the random musings she received from her mother. The beaming beauty could not stop from smiling as she described the love and support she receives from her family now that they have witnessed the richness and serenity art adds to her life.
Though her career seemed to take off overnight, it hasn’t always been rainbows and sunshine for the ethereal designer. “Maybe it’s the fact that I went to school in [Connecticut],” says Nguyen through a slightly sneaky laugh, “But it can be so discouraging here. You are told right away that you shouldn’t become an artist -. By your teachers!” However, against all odds – and a staggeringly boring position as a nail technician – the creative has made her way to have a seat at the table.
A major champion of “word of mouth” marketing, Liv has been able to develop her FiyaBomb brand into something greater than she ever imagined — and we must reiterate that this is only the beginning. As a result of successful networking through social media and artist circles, Liv has had the opportunity to meet many big names within the entertainment industry including rapper, Big Sean. An advocate for aspiring talent, Sean shared stories and pieces advice that would change Liv’s course of action forever. Sean’s words of encouragement for Liv to live big and follow her dreams struck a heavy chord and her days as a meek nail technician were numbered. In fact, her one-on-one with the rapper provided such inspiration and enlightenment that she quit her job at the salon that same day!
The minute she quit, her career took off to unmitigated heights – receiving accolade after accolade from celebs alike, including Meek Mill, Kelly Rowland, and a high-profile buy from Rick Ross. “The Rick Ross deal was actually pretty cool,” says Olivia. “Vito from [Maybach Music Group] tagged me in a painting I’d done of Ross, and next thing I know I’m attending a meeting with [Ross] himself in some fancy hotel.” She has also been the creative mind and creator behind the large piece titled “The Anatomy of Swiss Beats.” This video reveals Liv’s creative process:
Her dedication to her craft may be rewarded by increased followings and high-profile deals; however, her success is also met with much backlash. The artist revealed that her circle has become much smaller now that she has gotten a taste of success. Quite frankly, many of the people she started with are no longer around. Jealousy and envy have been the main reasons for most of the falling-outs between her former friends. Truly all Liv requests from people in her circle is their genuine support. With such a bright spirit, it is hard to believe that anyone would wish negativity upon her; however, she admitted that it has happened more often than expected. But, throughout all of life’s trials and tribulations, her strong faith and her positive attitude has never faltered.
When it comes to her art, Liv’s personality is what permeates through the canvas; with bright, eclectic and thought provoking techniques. Nguyen has even adorned her car with her artwork, which she admits was done as tribute to the late Paul Walker. She enjoys creating large statement pieces, including an Drake/OVO inspired piece that stands nine feet tall, as well as various murals, and trucks paintings galore. She plans to continue her large masterpieces with the dramatic live stream of her 12×12 painting of Beyonce, which she filmed herself doing via Instagram on the singer’s birthday. “Go big or go home”, says Nguyen. “It’s all about presentation.” She also added that she plans for the unveiling of her newest pieces on Halloween, which will serve as dedications to an array of celebrities.
Though she appears as a nice and bubbly person, do not confuse that with being a push- over. The sweet yet tough girl has won over the hearts of many through her work but has had to cut many people out of her life in doing so – and will continue to do so if need be as she pushes her career to new heights. “Have you ever read the ‘48 Laws of Power’? I use that as a BIBLE,” says Ngyuen. “Respect is extremely important to me.” The young visionary attributes her influences to the likes of Beyonce and Adele; stating that they are the kind of people that every woman in business should look to for inspiration. “When they walk onto a stage or in a room, [Beyonce and Adele] command respect,” says Nguyen. “I want that to be me!” And at the incredible rate that she’s going, it will be.
Olivia’s next gallery opening “All of the Lights” will be held at the New Britain Museum for American Art on October 31, 2014, in New Britain, Connecticut. Be sure to follow her on Instagram for more information on the event, as well as daily updates on her current projects. For more pictures, click on over to her Tumblr page and check back with us for even more FiyaBomb!