Hi! My name is Alba Paris, I'm a vegan artist from Spain and I'm based in Los Angeles, California . I create art to empower my fellow vegans and inspire new generations to live a compassionate lifestyle, helping the animals, the planet and their health.
The animals is the biggest reason I create and sell my artwork. And donating a percentage of my proceeds to the people that are giving their lives to protect and care for the animals is my way of giving back.
So every time you buy a t-shirt, a bag, a pin a sticker, you are not only spreading the message and raising awareness you are also giving back to the animals.
Everything started in 2000 when I watched a video of a horse being slaughtered. I was just turning 18 and I just realized I couldn't eat animals anymore, so I became a vegetarian. I volunteered at Animal Rights ORGs and animal shelters, I created an animal rights group and online forum, called "GreenPeach", to connect with likeminded people and organize protests against circuses, bullfighting among many others, and I also rescued stray cats. But I always felt like I wasn't doing enough.
In 2010, after realizing that the dairy industry still kills babies and their mothers so that humans could drink their milk, that the egg industry also kills the chicks if they are males by grinding, gassing or suffocating them and that we are killing the bees with diseases, pollution, pesticides and fungicides, I realized that I was still harming others so I stop consuming ALL animal products, and bi-products and became a vegan.
THE ILLUSTRATION THAT STARTED IT ALL
I've been drawing all my life but I never thought I could start a business thanks to my art.
In 2014 I created a piece called "We Can Do It! Go Vegan" based on Rosie The Riveter by J. Howard Miller. I created it as a personal piece to represent me and my journey.
Little did I know it would be the reason all of this started.
When I published it for the first time on Instagram, I thought it would be a great idea to also make tees that I could wear with this design on it. When I put it for sale on TeePublic someone took my art added a filter and didn't give me credit.
It went viral!
I realized how my work was inspiring and empowering people from all over the World so I went from selling my art on TeePublic, Society6, to Storenvy.
And in October 2015 I opened AlbaParisArt.com (now AlbaParis.com).
<img src="https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0972/6078/files/AlbaParis-photoart.gif?10401722355163249281" alt="Mountain View">
No matter if you are a vegan, a vegetarian or a cruelty-free advocate, they say that an image speaks more than a thousand words so gear up and be the voice for the most vulnerable.