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My biggest goal these days is to do really big, large ambitious museum projects. Those are the most fulfilling, where I can show a large group of works together to tell a loose story or narrative. I’ve always wanted to have a show at the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C. That was the first museum I ever visited when I came to America, and it was the first time I interacted with contemporary art. And so it holds a special place for me.

To a greater audience, my paintings are about what it is to be a human today. My goal is always to make art about the times that we live in, filtered through my own life experience. Because that's the experience that I know best.

I think at the end of the day, I want to be able to leave something behind of value. I want to feel like I worked really hard during my life and it meant something. I want to leave something behind for my son, and for other people like me, that they would be able to connect with it on some level. I want my work to be a marker for this time that we're living in.

I'm just super ambitious. I don't want to just be a good artist in LA. I want to have an impact. When I die, I want the work to mean something.

I really think it comes from being an immigrant, honestly. I wake up every morning hungry.