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Meet Oscar Monsanto of CaveMind in North West Miami

Today we’d like to introduce you to Oscar Monsanto.

Oscar, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story begins in March of 1991, the day was “International Women’s Day” or also know in my household as, my Birthday!, It wasn’t until 1998, seven years later, where my parents would move bringing me with them to Miami, we have stayed here ever since. Briefly, after becoming a permanent resident, I was sent to the hospital with pain all over my body, it was not the first time I have experienced the pain and certainly wasn’t going to be my last. But it was my first time happening in the US and the doctors gave me an official diagnosis – Sickle Cell.

First time hearing about this incurable disease. One that I would battle with every month through school, work and relationships. I have been in the hospital more times than I can count, with some beginning with comas, two so far… but who’s counting. Fast Forward 22 years, I am now a 29 and a freelance graphic designer by trade while also working in an office job M -F every week.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
If zoomed out and overall looking in, it has been a smooth unpaved road.

Over the years, I have gotten adjusted to using my time wisely but… not by choice. Having a crisis caused by the disease will tend to put a pause on any design projects or life events planned, no matter how many months in advance, a perfect way to keep a person humble.

Please tell us about CaveMind.
CaveMind is the brand I created a couple of years ago. Sometimes you want to say what’s on your mind or convey meaning without ever opening your mouth and that is what I set to do with my designs, while in school, I would see my classmates use all kinds of graphics for their projects, loading up their layers in this sort of hoard mentality. I have always wondered why, to me all the extra noise and ultimately a distraction. In my opinion, designs should be something understood, no matter what language you speak.

What was you like growing up?
For as far as I can remember I have always been a happy kid. An emotion that has been persisted through my adulthood. During school, I always geared towards art subjects and at one point, even thought of becoming an art teacher, that is until I came across the realization that I couldn’t draw. Even though I have great ideas in my mind I was never able to put it on paper. I used to think that the only way to become an artist was to be able to draw. Now that I am grown, I realize that a banana taped to a canvas – is art. and my view of an “Artist” is not tied down to a pencil.

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