“My name is Fernando Angel Meza. I was born in 1978. I consider myself to be a loyal and very creative person, and above all, a hardworking man in all circumstances. I am very positive and believe that if you really put your heart into something, you will achieve it.
“I have lived through very difficult moments. Once, I was the victim of a kidnapping for a couple of years. There were times when I thought that it might end with me losing my life and I would not get to see my loved ones again. I believe that this type of experience makes you rethink many things. Being able to leave that experience physically unharmed was like a new start for me. After that, I left my office job to dedicate myself fully to something art-related, like makeup and design. After some time, I found work as a makeup artist for MAC, a very well-known brand, and little by little I gave life to my other passion, designing jewelry. One of my great dreams is to be recognized as a great designer at a global level.
“Design in general is something that has always attracted me from a young age. I remember making sketches of clothes as well as jewelry from clay, and as I grew I continued trying to learn things related to design. Thus, I believe that I carry art within myself. It is incredible how, despite everything, life takes you down a path to find your passion.
“I trained and pushed myself to never stop learning; there is always something new to learn. Everything that you want to do will not be easy; you have to practice, practice, practice, and investigate a lot. I consider myself to be self-taught, and I am always investigating new techniques.
“What I like about design and handicrafts is that they allow you to create distinct things every day, and imagine new forms and textures. Sometimes the most challenging thing is to not lose your way among so many options.
“My inspiration comes from all over! Walking along a road, viewing photos on the internet, conversations, and listening to songs inspire me. Sometimes, I see a stone or something else in a store and I can visualize how I could transform it into a ring or a pair of earrings. I love that sensation, which inspires me to create new pieces.
“Starting on my own has been and continues to be very challenging; above all else you have to have a lot of self-control and responsibility in order to know how to manage your time well. But, it is also very gratifying when you see that you are achieving your goals. I am happy to be able to share my art with the Novica family.”