My name is Alán González-Suman, also known as AG. I am a California native, where I grew up along the coasts of sunny Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. I grew up being influenced by the skateboarding industry. Santa Barbara birthed some of the biggest skateboard companies like Powell, Sims and Shorty’s Skateboards. Skateboard artwork was my first major influences into the world of art and design. Today I reside in San Francisco where I continue to push and explore an assortment of elements in the art world, working with various mediums including ceramics, lithography, screen-printing, sculpture, letter-press, graphic design, video, web-design and photography. It was an easy transition for me to explore multiple outlets of creativity, art and design, considering my father, Alvaro Suman, a full-time, self-supported artist, sculptor, ceramicist and painter has guided me since the day I was born. My younger brother Andrés, who is also an artist, and I grew up traveling several parts of the world to be by our father’s side for his art shows and gallery visits. We both grew up in a creative atmosphere singing, drawing, painting, sculpting, producing ceramics, screen-printing and constantly looking for new outlets to express our creativity.
I was introduced to computers in junior high, which changed my life forever. Computers were a new creative outlet I could learn and explore where my father could no longer guide my work. I graduated from the Multi-Media Arts & Design Academy, formally known as the MMAD Academy, a private school within Santa Barbara High School which explored the digital world of art and design. The MMAD Academy made my creative dreams a reality. It was there where I mastered the Adobe Creative Suite, learned the fundamentals of animation in MAYA, explored the digital world of letter press and typography with Quark Xpress, learned to operate cameras, write screen plays, design websites, organize my work and prepare it for production. Not long after learning to create and prepare my own graphics, I started screen-printing my own work on clothing for my friends and I to wear. To my surprise, the word spread and more people wanted my work. This opened my eyes to a new world of production.
At the age of 18, I moved to Los Angeles to go to the Art Institute of Santa Monica. I got an internship working at GMPC Santa Monica, for designer Isaac Nickelson, who was an apparel, promotional, product designer for L-R-G, Mixwell, Livity Outernational, Matix, Triple5Soul and several others companies. There, I got my first hands-on experience drawing hats, shirts, products and placement, graphics, preparing graphics for production, sending work out and receiving samples. This experience changed my direction to design. For the next couple of years, I studied fine art and graphic design.
I moved back to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles to concentrate on art and design, where I met and studied under David P. Flores, one of the artist/designers behind leading Skateboard brand, Shorty’s Skateboards. David introduced me to different techniques in graphic design and taught me how to utilize the Adobe Suite to the fullest. Since I grew up skateboarding and was heavily influenced by skateboard graphics, it only made sense for me to learn from someone who skated and already designed for several skateboard companies.
Years later, I have painted murals, had multiple art shows up and down California, designed logos, graphics, packaging and brand identity for dozens of companies, but am constantly looking to grow and continue my path of exploration. Today, I live in the San Francisco where I graduated school from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication. Being stationed in the Bay Area since 2008 has only inspired and influenced me even more so to continue my path in design and explore as many outlets of it as possible in the field.
I want to thank those who have helped and guided me along my path of art and design. I could have never done it without your support. You know who you are.