Colombia-based illustrator, known simply as Herikita, takes the phrase “flower power” to great extremes. Her paintings and illustrations – full of patterns and textures – are often in full bloom, with her characters quite literally covered in flowers.
“I want my paintings to survive, I want to tell the story of my life to whoever is interested,” she remarked in a candid interview with Booooooom. “I think that life can not be just to born and to die and that you have to leave a mark on others, in the world, whatever it means.”
“I’ve always painted,” she stressed. “I’ve always felt the need to show that world that was in my head, to pass it through my hands so that others can see it.” Working mostly at nighttime, her work is very personal and yet the thoughts and feelings described through it – speak a language that is universal.
“Every day I think everything could have gone so wrong, but everything is fine,” she admits. “I am an optimist, I think, maybe not. I think I’m proud of not having ruined it, in general.”
Enter her blooming worlds.