Young Guns 19: Alfred Marroquin
By Alixandra Rutnik and Brett McKenzie Posted on Oct 27, 2021
Featuring the creative stars of Young Guns 19
A year and a half of uncertainty across the creative industry and beyond has finally given way to a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel — a spotlight with a great big "YG19" standing in the middle of it. After more than 70 acclaimed creatives from around the world and across a multitude of disciplines reviewed hundreds of submissions, whittling them down to a formidable finalist list, we can finally reveal the phenomenal winners of Young Guns 19!
This year, we welcome a diverse class of 32 inductees into the exclusive Young Guns family, a collection of young creative talent that is already near the top of their game — and will only get better. These are the designers, the art directors, the illustrators, the filmmakers, the animators, the multidisciplinary artists whose names you'll want to know — if you aren't already following their every move, that is.
Ahead of the Young Guns 19 Ceremony + Party taking place on Wednesday, November 17 — our first in-person event since the pandemic began — we are featuring the future legends who will be stepping into the spotlight that evening.
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When did you first hear about Young Guns?
I first heard about Young Guns through a friend and collaborator, Mah Ferraz. I remember her winning and I thought it was all so lovely.
What made you enter this year?
It's my first time entering and it's my 30th birthday this year, so it was now or never. I dedicated time to the entry process, and I think I finally reached the point that I am proud of the work I wanted to submit and share.
Since you are only allowed to submit six projects, how did you decide which pieces were best to enter and truly reflected you and your work?
I go through a rollercoaster of feelings with my work, but this surprisingly came to me pretty easily.
How did you celebrate when you found out you won Young Guns?
I was on set actually– perfect place to find out.
If you had to pick one of the six projects that you entered as your favorite, which one would it be and why?
I think my Rosalia piece. I put a lot of work and love into that piece. It was the absolute best time working with her, so it's a really enjoyable memory that I treasure.
If you had to describe your creative style, the part of your work that’s most distinctively “you,” what would it be?
I'm influenced a lot by the feeling of nostalgia. I love things rooted in the past and I always draw back to it in my work.
"I'm influenced a lot by the feeling of nostalgia. I love things rooted in the past and I always draw back to it in my work."
Who are some of the biggest influences on your work and career– people who may have had a hand in mentoring and supporting you?
My friends and my agent Alli Maxwell! I trust the people closest to me will be honest with me.
Now that you’re in the Young Guns family, are there any past winners you look up to and admire?
Mah! She's a dear friend and she has worked on so many pieces of mine that she's brought to a new level.
The pandemic of 2020 is slowly starting to taper a bit, so do you have any big goals moving forward into 2022?
Work work work... and work some more.
Name a creative dream that you have yet to fulfill — hey, maybe Young Guns can help propel you in that direction!
I want to direct my first feature. And, I really want to focus on the now, but that's always a goal.
Go check out all the Young Guns 19 Winners in the archive!