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Art Share LA is committed to growing a community of support for all artists that come into contact with our organization. Artists shown here have performed on our stage, created a mural in our Creative Careers program, or exhibited with us – these artists are a part of the Art Share Family!

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Abel Alejandre

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Abel Alejandre

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

The first seven years of my life were spent in a remote, rural region known as Tierra Caliente in Michoacan State, Mexico. My family and I emigrated to Los Angeles in 1975 and it was, in many ways, akin to traveling from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, given the rudimentary conditions to which we were accustomed. This experience – of leaving one land for another, having to constantly redefine what it means to be a human being, a man, a part of a community – is a constant and central theme within my work. I am interested in narratives and vignettes about the seemingly discarded or unimportant moments that shape our culture. I believe that these discounted moments harbor importance and, in isolating these moments, I endeavor to stimulate reflection.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @abelalejandre

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Adrienne DeVine

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Adrienne DeVine

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Adrienne DeVine has developed her visual language on a foundation of materiality, semiotics and African culture. Her work is held in public and private collections, and her exhibition history includes universities, galleries, the California African American Museum, and a group exhibition in Berlin. Early in her career, she worked in the graphic arts and printing industry, and then went on to an administrative career working in academia, philanthropy, and community-based organizations. She earned her BA from California State University Long Beach and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @adriennedevinemixedmediaart

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Adrienne Wade

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Adrienne Wade

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Adrienne Wade dedicates her life to inspiring change in the world through art, natural living, self-transformation and (w)holism. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and naturalist who has created all her life. From her celebrated San Pedro Waterfront Arts District murals to her Venice street art happenings, with art on display in Los Angeles, New York, Europe, French Polynesia, Iowa and on exhibition in Hollywood’s legendary Barnsdall Art Park. She has studied art and design, permaculture, plant based medicines, wildcrafting and place making) and is a documentary film and television engineer.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @adriennewadeart

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Allison Honeycutt

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Allison Honeycutt

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Allison Honeycutt is a fine artist based in Los Angeles, California and Graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA in 2003 and went on to get a Post-Baccalaureate in studio art from MIU in 2013. She works in a variety of media, particularly fiber sculpture/ sculpture, works on paper and installation. Her work is defined by taking pleasure in the exquisiteness of imperfections and of blending the profound with the absurd. Every Empire leave some grief in its wake, even those that benefit from the Empire will experience grief when they realize what they had given up in order to flourish, as well as grief when the empire itself starts falls.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @allisonhoneycutthunt

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Alyesha Wise

Alyesha Wise

The author of Carnival (NOT A CULT media), Alyesha Wise is a poet, teaching artist & TEDx speaker from Camden, N.J. Alyesha currently resides in Los Angeles, Ca and is the co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement (S.L.A.M.) – an organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for poets. Alyesha is currently the Hollywood (Da Poetry Lounge) Slam Team head coach and served as the Los Angeles (Get Lit) Youth Slam Team co-coach from 2014-2017. Along with other slam highlights, she is a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist. Alyesha has been featured on different platforms and publications such as Huffington Post, Bustle, Afropunk, PBS, POPSUGAR, Buzzfeed, Free Speech TV and more. She has collaborated with Brave New Films and additional media platforms, having featured in the Google Interstellar Project, in conjunction with the hit film Interstellar. Ron Howard once wrote about Alyesha’s work, “Very Powerful.”

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Amy Smith

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Amy Smith

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Amy Kaps is an international interdisciplinary artist recognizable by her signature palette of Black and White Stripes with Pink accents. Conceived in Columbus, Ohio, born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in suburban New Jersey and Cologne, Germany, she currently resides in Venice, CA and occupies a studio in DTLA.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Amy Smith

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Amy Smith

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Amy Smith is a self-taught contemporary artist always evolving. Her artwork includes murals, stencils, collage work, illustrations, digital graphic design, paint, and spray paint, all to create one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect both her passions and fury, juxtaposed through the lens of imagination. While some of my work is driven by political, social, and environmental injustice, most reflect my deeply-rooted optimism and belief in the power of the feminist spirit, unity and love. 

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction, Rainbow Shift

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

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Andre Miriposky

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Andre Miriposky

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Andre Miripolsky is an artist of extraordinary creative abilities. As colorful a man as the exuberantly colorific art he creates, his signature style of pop imagery is bright, whimsical, energetic, and downright fun. A true multi-media artist, Andre is much more than a painter, taking his unique pop-style into sculpture, mobiles, graphics, branding, production design, sets and costumes, and now, NFTs. His sense of humor has been embraced by film and music stars, creating several art costumes for Sir Elton John – most notably the often-photographed “Piano Jacket” made for the famous Central Park concert. He has also collaborated on projects for Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, Robin Williams, the Rolling Stones, MTV, and Mattel, where he was commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind “Miripolsky Art Barbie.”

Exhibition: Spring Benefit + Art Auction

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Andrea Castillo

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Andrea Castillo

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Andrea Castillo born and currently living in Los Angeles, California, received her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2014. Her work has been shown at Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) Seasons LA (Los Angeles, CA) Plaza de la Raza (Los Angeles, CA) the CCCM, Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts (Los Angeles,CA)She has been the recipient artist in residence for Vermont Studio Center (Johnson,VT), Grand Central Art Center (collaborative) (Santa Ana,CA), Signal Fire (Portland, OR), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA) with artist grant. Publications including her work are ArtMaze Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, YoungSpace and Voyage LA Magazine.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Andrew Arthur

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Andrew Arthur

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Andrew Arthur is a California native, born and raised in Los Angeles where he currently resides with his wife and two children. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Andrew has presented paintings in various gallery shows and exhibitions for the last 20 years. My art is about communication. Each painting’s abstract composition is legible.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Instagram: @andrewarthurart

Website: https://andrewarthurart.com/about

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Andy Wilcox

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Andy Wilcox

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Andy Wilcox is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. At Cal Poly Pomona he teaches design studios at all levels with an emphasis on interdisciplinary practice, urbanism and the found conditions of wilderness within the vast infrastructure of Los Angeles. As an artist, he uses found imagery reorganized into new associations and contexts to explore wildly integrated ideas of landscape as the social and cultural construct it is.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Annli Tico

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Annli Tico

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Annli Tico is a Los Angeles based artist who recently graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with degrees in Art and Economics.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Art Carrillo

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Art Carrillo

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Art Carrillo is from Los Angeles with a bachelors degree in art. He’s an acrylic, photorealist painter that paints a little bit of everything. There’s a lot to paint about so he’ll never stick to one subject. His goal is to never waste your time when you walk into a gallery. He hopes to create work that is worth staring at.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Augustine Kofie

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Augustine Kofie

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Born and based in Los Angeles and active in the Southern California graffiti scene since the early nineties, multimedia artist Augustine Kofie (b. 1973) works in painting, collage and mural interventions. Kofie’s fine art practice draws together the languages of graffiti’s deconstructive lettering, mechanical drafting, modern architecture, and plunderphonics, creating a unique take on constructivist abstraction, or as the artists refers to as ‘Vintage Futurism.’ Kofie has been featured in Juxtapoz, Graffiti Art Magazine, The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, Le Petit Voyeur and VNA Magazine 26.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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B-Luv

Creative Careers

B-Luv

Creative Careers

B-Luv brings a background in media and graphic design to his creations. While his art began as a personal catharsis after his wife was diagnosed with cancer, B-luv discovered that the therapeutic nature of art could not only help him, but anyone dealing with adversity in life and love by spreading the messages of Love and Peace…especially timely in today’s political and social climate. His work ranges from fun, to heartfelt, to political, to strange, but all carry with them the message of Love.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

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Blacklight King

Creative Careers

Blacklight King

Creative Careers

Heavily influenced by the underground music and proud Latin American culture of Los Angeles, Black Light King has found an intersection between graffiti and street art. At a young age, he discovered a love for art as an expression and at 15 discovered the power of neon. Black Light King is part of that movement, painting neon and blacklight commissioned masterpieces across building interiors, exteriors and painting live during underground happenings. You can find some of his most notable works across the many districts of Downtown LA. More incredible is Black Light’s ability to hide his identity while painting his murals behind the mask of a luchador. Black Light King says he wears a mask as a vehicle to transcend boundaries.

Creative Careers: Angel City Brewery Festival

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Brian Ray

Workshop Participant, Member

Brian Ray

Workshop Participant, Member

Brian Ray currently spends half of his time as a technologist leading a 40 person team of Data Scientists; the rest of his time is dedicated to his Art Practice. He has been involved with art since college 25 years ago. Participating initially in the art community in Chicago and then touching NY a bit, he has become one of the up-and-coming new-breed traditional mixed with digital. He creates oil paintings and NFTs. He lives in his art studio in ArtHouse Lofts and frequents Soho Warehouse. Always interested in networking with other artists and folks in the art scene. 

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Brittany Delany

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Brittany Delany

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Brittany Delany (she/her) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is based in Los Angeles, California. As she grew up playing sports and learning dance moves from Janet Jackson music videos, she found dance homes in several communities including hip hop, jazz, contact improvisation, modern and postmodern dance. She loves to research, teach and perform around the world.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Buena Johnson

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Buena Johnson

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Buena Johnson is a local Los Angeles visual artist, arts instructor & owner of Buena Vision Art Studio. The aim of her work is to inform, uplift, educate, motivate positive change & heal. Her style is realism/photorealism and her main medium is Pencil. Graduating from Pratt Institute of Art in New York & moving to CA, she experienced the heart of Hollywood and her first early series of artworks focused on Jazz, Blues, Gospel & Entertainment legends whose influence is still felt today. Buena’s work transitioned into an uplifting Angel series influenced by her spiritual upbringing. With continued racism & the killing of more & more African Americans, Buena has begun a series that addresses America’s history of slavery & injustices whereas she acts as a recorder, truthteller, & an advocate.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @buenavisionart

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Bunnie Reiss

Creative Careers

Bunnie Reiss

Creative Careers

Bunnie ‘Bonnie’ Reiss was raised with the wide-blue sky’s of Colorado. She was a tiny rebel with a large imagination, knowing at a young age that she quite didn’t fit in and the world was a much bigger place than the quiet suburban landscape that seemed to endlessly surround her. She eventually relocated to San Francisco and received her MFA from San Francisco Arts Institute. She grew into herself, found a community of artists that she would spend many years building, living and creating many things together. After traveling through France and across the US, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue larger mural and installation-based projects. Her work is heavily influenced by her Eastern European background, with its tradition of folk art, bright colors, and community engagement. Her extensive travels have also added an extra layer of conversation, which makes her creations unique. Her brightly colored folk murals decorate many countries and can be found all over the world.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

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C. Jean

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

C. Jean

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

C. Jean is a career artist whose love of nature and ecology are a substantial part of their practice. Reuse, and creative incorporation trash is more common in recent works. C. thinks about how each project is composed, carefully building stories through semiotics.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Carlos Mares

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Carlos Mares

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Carlos Mares is a visual (digital) artist, poet, artivist, and erudite, who exhibited two digital paintings at “The First Floor Gallery in Santa Clarita’s City Hall, CA” and his paintings were mentioned in Newsletter from “Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina at University of Pennsylvania” (by Maritza Santiago-Torres, Office Coordinator on April 21, 2020).  His digital paintings depict a story filled with history and his own personal experiences. His artwork has been featured in various group shows throughout the US and Los Angeles.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Chelsea Boxwell

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Chelsea Boxwell

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Chelsea Boxwell moved to California from Texas to pursue a Masters in Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University. Since graduating in 2017, she has held the position of Executive MFA Chair on the Alumni Board while living and working in Los Angeles. Chelsea combines paintings and fabrics into what she calls “multi-dimensional paintings” that become large-scale, often site-specific, and sometimes interactive painting environments. She also has an ongoing series of small, 12×12 inch, “Candy Paintings.” Chelsea has recently shown works at PØST, Royale Projects, Charlie James Gallery, Fabrik Projects, MASH Gallery and a public art installation in Inglewood, CA.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Chiho Harazaki

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Chiho Harazaki

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Instead of ink or paint, Chiho Harazaki uses tape as her primary medium. Tiny pieces of tape cut with a precision knife and scissors compose a whole picture. Informed by her experiences living in both Japan and America, Harazaki’s subject matter includes a variety of cultural, historical and social comment.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @chiho_harazaki

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Christian Spruell

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Christian Spruell

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Christian Spruell is a SFAI alumni and Skowhegan alumni. He has exhibited many works throughout the states, but predominantly in California and New York.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Christine Rasmussen

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Christine Rasmussen

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Christine Rasmussen is an American artist raised in Pakistan, Vietnam and the United States. Now based in Los Angeles, Rasmussen earned a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. Her work has been featured in multiple juried exhibitions, a number of solo exhibits and various publications. She has works in the collections of Imagery Estate Winery, the Hilbert Museum of California Art and various private collections worldwide. Rasmussen is represented by George Billis Gallery LA.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Michael Chukes

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Michael Chukes

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I began my artistic journey after my family moved to San Jose, California and now I have been working professionally as an artist for more than thirty-five years. I possess a BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from the California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University. My work is included in many private collections worldwide as well as being featured in numerous television shows, independent films, books and magazines and media publications. I have lectured and facilitated workshops in museums, art galleries, colleges and schools throughout the country. My greatest reward comes from sharing my lifelong creative journey to the world!

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @chukesart

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Collete Von

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Collete Von

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Colette von is a self-taught, visually impaired artist. She has a degenerative retinal disease called Cone Dystrophy, which often presents as material in her pierces. Her work focuses traditionally features high contrasting figures or expressions with limited color palettes, accentuating the subject.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Connie-Vee Hawkins

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Connie-Vee Hawkins

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I’ve always had a love for the arts. I grew up performing music with my colorful family, which includes my uncles—The Chambers Brothers. Music was life to us, and led to my earliest exploration of the performing arts, singing at venues like the Roxy, LA Street Scene, The Whisky-a-Go-Go, and the Hollywood Bowl. My love for books connected me to both the written and visual art’s which fueled my passion to create.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Instagram: @msconnievee

Website:https://connievee.com/

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Coolprettyfreak

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Coolprettyfreak

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Jina Chae is a Los Angeles-based artist who was born and raised in Korea, where she earned her BA in Textile & Design from Chung-Ang University. She has worked as a fashion designer for 10+ years in Seoul and LA.

Longing to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist, she searched for a way to blend her design skills and experience with her passion for the arts. Her first foray into the art world came in 2018, working as a creative director for an art gallery in Seoul, where she curated multiple exhibitions featuring emerging artists. Now living and working in LA as an artist under the name ‘Coolprettyfreak’, she hopes to empower other women and immigrants to explore the arts.

Exhibition: There From Here, Rainbow Shift

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Corie Mattie

Creative Careers

Corie Mattie

Creative Careers

With an eye for the intersection of art and activism, Corie uses a balance of wordplay and imagery to deliver a message that hits you in the gut. Corie was thrust into the spotlight in 2020 as “LA Hope Dealer,” after becoming known for her striking yellow murals encouraging the community to stay home and stay positive during the early days of the pandemic. With social justice issues boiling to the surface across the city and country, Corie uses her work to propel the conversation forward. As a trailblazer in the LGBTQIA+ community, she relies on her unwavering courage as an artist, in addition to pushing the boundaries of what women can say or do. Perhaps her greatest skill is her ability to manifest the cultural moment, creating poignant art that calls for a shift in perspective. Her bold aesthetic mirrors this spirit and demands your attention.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

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Crew Native

Curator, 2021

Crew Native

Curator, 2021

Community oriented arts collective. Our mission is to provide free inspirational and inclusive art projects to marginalized artists. We exist to give voice to the voiceless. We provide mentorship on a project basis to provide the emotional and loving support necessary to thrive as creative individuals.

Instagram:

Crew Native: @crewnative

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Cristian Rivas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Cristian Rivas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Cristian Rivas is a Southern California based artist. Pulling inspiration from her Mexican heritage, the human condition, and human anatomy, she creates brightly colored paintings.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Darious Hart

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Darious Hart

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I paint to relieve stress. It’s the only thing that keeps me alive. All of my work is an expression of stress and navigating through it. I hope my work helps you get through something you’re going through.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Darlyn Susan Yee

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Darlyn Susan Yee

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Darlyn Susan Yee creates fiber-based socially engaging figurative sculptures and installations to engage the viewer to explore the relationship between materials and form. She re-contextualizes the more feminized traditions and practices of fiber art inverted through the use of industrial materials to explore issues of gender identity, sense of place and purpose, and cultural identity and commonality. Her recent focus is on repurposing and up-cycling materials, and using traditional fiber techniques to create installations of exaggerated clothing, and temporary public art displays.

Darlyn has created the outsized sweaters to convey home, warmth and comfort. And she has chosen the very deliberate acts of knitting, crocheting and stitching to deliver the unsettled themes of our times and to underscore the timelessness of their sentiments. These slogans heard in the past year have now become a part of the fabric of her life.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Davia King

Creative Careers

Davia King

Creative Careers

Davia King is an abstract expressionist artist who uses bright colors. By layering thin layers of acrylic ink and aerosol she captures a visual interpretation of creative energy. By allowing the composition to take on a life of its own rather than try to force a preexisting idea, each piece is unique and cannot be replicated twice exactly the same way. King then enrolls the public to act as her models as she captures each person in a blind contour style while creating a moment of connection. She is regularly live painting and collaborating with the public at different private and public events throughout the Los Angeles area where anyone present can become a part of her next piece.

Creative Careers: 4th St Bridge, Angel City Brewery Festival

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David Jester

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

David Jester

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I believe we are living in a time where being visible and proud is more important than ever. Pools for me are metaphor rich environments. This current series of paintings of men in swimming pools is a world that exist next to and yet a part of the broader world, much like the gay community.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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David Puck

Creative Careers

David Puck

Creative Careers

David Puck is a young British multi-disciplinary artist, working in traditional painting, makeup, digital, video content, and public murals. Their work primarily explores human experience and mental health, exploring areas of identity, narrative, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Their mission is to foster healthy, compassionate connection and understanding. They work closely with local communities and artists, often collaborating and creating community engagement. They are originally from the UK and work between there, Los Angeles, and travelling.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town, Angel City Brewery Heritage Festival

Instagram: @davidpuckartist

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Debbie McAfee

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Debbie McAfee

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Born in San Luis Obispo and raised in Los Angeles, Debbie McAfee has a unique view of California that has influenced her art and life. Debbie attended California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA and received a BFA in film and photography. She is a member of Los Angeles Art Association and has exhibited at Gallery 825 in West Hollywood and at ArtShare LA in the Los Angeles Arts District.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit + Art Auction

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Debra Vodhanel

Member

Debra Vodhanel

Member

I am a Southern Californian, born and bred. I received my training as a painter at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California; and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Atelier de M. Nallard, Paris, France. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Philosophy from U.C. Santa Cruz; and a Masters Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, California.

Website:debravodhanel.com

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Diane Cockerill

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Diane Cockerill

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Diane Cockerill is the fourth generation in her family to live in Los Angeles.
She studied Fine Art at UCLA and has shown work at several local and national galleries as well as in Tokyo, Paris, Hungary, and South Korea. After receiving her first point-and-shoot at the age ten, she later transitioned to a 35mm camera with a more serious interest in photography. New technology introduced the digital world and the immediacy it provided suited her shooting style. Diane is now fully immersed in photographing her native city.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Distranged Design

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Distranged Design

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Jacob Root (DistrangedDesign) is a self taught 22 year old stencil Artist / Street Artist from New Zealand. His work touches on themes of Happiness, Sadness, Love, Heartbreak and other themes that he sees all around him in his coming of age years.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Donna Gogh

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Donna Gogh

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Exploring the real and the referential, parallels of light and consciousness underpin Donna Gough’s conceptual framework. Linking elements from drawing, sculpture, installation and light-based media, her practice is an ongoing enquiry into concepts of the ‘unknown’ and the illusion of time (ourselves) flowing from the past towards the future as a subjective experience of consciousness.

Gough’s approach to installation and neon aesthetics is often focused on conceptual wordplay, exploring the relationship between art and the duality of language through the complexity of the human experience. She is interested in the effect light has on our psychology and spatial perception, with its inherent ability to confront the eye and mind of the viewer.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Doug Domonkos

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Doug Domonkos

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

My art is a product of the industrial and media saturated world we live in. From my earliest memories, I remember TV commercials and manufactured toys. In my work, I explore the relationships between technology, media and human emotion.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Eddie Navarrette

Board Member, President

Eddie Navarrette

Board Member, President

Eddie uses his extensive knowledge of the Planning, Building, and Health codes to develop overall project design and strategy for his clients’ projects. He oversees each phase of every project to ensure the level of professionalism and customer service that his clients have come to expect. In addition, Eddie is FE Design’s chief representative at all public hearings and he often meets with Senior City staff to discuss his projects or the overall direction of the municipal code. Because of his knowledge of the industry, Eddie has been featured or quoted in several news stories and articles regarding hospitality permitting in the City of Los Angeles. Since he started FE Design in 2003, Eddie has helped over 500 businesses research their properties and secure Planning Variances and Conditional Uses, Building Permits, Health Permits, Revocable Permits, Industrial Waste Permits, Special Event Permits, Alcoholic Beverage Control Licenses, and Police Permits for Dance Halls and Live Entertainment.

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El Mac

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

El Mac

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

EL MAC is an internationally renowned artist born and based in Los Angeles. He began painting both smaller indoor works as well as public murals and graffiti in Phoenix in the mid 1990s, and since that time has developed his unique visual aesthetic and rendering style which utilizes repeating contour patterns. His work draws on influences from classical European art, social realism, symbolism and devotional art, as well as the Chicano and Mexican culture he grew up around. He is best known for his meticulous paintings and large-scale murals exploring feminine beauty and honoring ordinary, overlooked, or marginalized people.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Elmer Guevara

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Elmer Guevara

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Elmer Guevara was born and raised in Los Angeles and is currently working bicoastally in New York City. In the 1980s, his parents fled a war-torn El Salvador finding refuge in the City of Angels. Along with South Central’s vibrant energy and the culture his parents brought with them, he became inspired to reflect on his upbringing and the hybridity of cultures. He often constructs narratives by sampling family photos from his youth, reframing compositions that dialogue about identity and concepts of inter-generational trauma.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @3lmski1

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Eloy Torrez

Curator, Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Eloy Torrez

Curator, Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Painter and songwriter Eloy Torrez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He grew up there and in Barstow, California. He studied art at the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles and lives and works in Los Angeles, creating an extensive body of work that includes studio paintings, public art and music compositions. His body of paintings and murals is a manifest of life in Los Angeles and a tribute to its people.

Exhibition: The Observer and the Observed

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Emilia Cruz

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Emilia Cruz

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Emilia Cruz is a first generation Mexican American artist born in San Diego, CA, 1993; currently residing in Simi Valley, CA

Cruz is enrolled in the Illustration program at Art Center College of Design. She teaches art classes for kids at Plaza de la Raza’s Cultural Center for the Arts and Education, located in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, CA. She was recently commissioned by CNN en Español for Proyecto Ser Humano (Humanity Project), as well as a Netflix series called Gente-fied, and was asked to design a mural for Netflix Selena: The Series.

Exhibition: The Observer and the Observed

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Emily Hoerdemann

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Emily Hoerdemann

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Emily Hoerdemann is a Los Angeles based collage artist.  Her works challenge feminist themes with humor and grace, utilizing analog collage with tangible materials to capture the sensory experience of time, nostalgia, and memory.  As a result, each work is a delicate placing of aesthetics and color.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Instagram:@millyhoerdemann

Website:Emily Hoerdemann

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Enkrypt Los Angeles

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Enkrypt Los Angeles

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Deeply rooted in and inspired by Los Angeles, Enkrypt Los Angeles’ work not only tells the stories of the streets but of artists too. Head IT technician of one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world turned touring photographer /videographer with the help of her close friend and well-known rapper, Reverie, Enkrypt escaped the corporate world to follow a blooming passion sprouted from picking up a camera. Enkrypt is influenced by gang culture and telling stories about black and brown folks. She grew up in Northeast LA, Highland Park daughter of a single mom who struggled to get her daughters by. The streets raised Enkrypt and was a product of her environment for a long time, knowing that one day she would be able to earn the wisdom to change her reality. Enkrypt tries to bring out the ugly, make it beautiful for everyone else to see and appreciate it a bit more than its stereotypes.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Enkrypt Los Angeles

Curator, 2022

Enkrypt Los Angeles

Curator, 2022

Deeply rooted in and inspired by Los Angeles, Enkrypt Los Angeles’ work not only tells the stories of the streets but of artists too. Head IT technician of one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world turned touring photographer /videographer with the help of her close friend and well-known rapper, Reverie, Enkrypt escaped the corporate world to follow a blooming passion sprouted from picking up a camera. Transitioning from the tech industry, where Enkrypt set aside her creativity for years, to that of a creative one was  a process. 

INSTAGRAM:http://enkrypt_losangeles

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Erin DeVine

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Erin DeVine

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Erin DeVine explores the relationships between nature, humanity and consciousness. Daily observations and past experiences come together in her work to illustrate the shared experience of life. In addition to painting, she also makes digital art and earned a Certificate of Excellence in 3D modelling from Pasadena City College. In her painting practice, Erin continues to challenge and push her limits by experimenting with new techniques. Through experimenting, Erin hopes to discover more effective ways to communicate the intent of her art to the viewer. The intent of her art is always morphing and responding to the forces of the world.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @erindevineart

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Evan Mendel

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Evan Mendel

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Evan Mendel is a painter/muralist born in 1988, and raised in the Valley just outside of Los Angeles CA.  Evan grew up being influenced by cartoons, skateboarding, surfing and graffiti.  These influences led him to pursue his artistic ambitions further into his late teens and early 20’s, experimenting with making abstract and figurative based paintings.  Without any formal art education, Evan was self-taught through trial, error, and observation.  He has since painted several large-scale murals in Ventura, CA and Los Angeles.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @awonderfulmistake

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Farzad Kohan

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Farzad Kohan

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Farzad Kohan’s sculptures and paintings explore themes like love, migration, and identity, and often incorporate appropriated media and found objects. Partially inspired by his personal history and surroundings, Kohan places an emphasis on form, allowing the successive stages of art making to become analogous to diasporic experience, as diverse, sometimes opposing, elements are sampled, brought together, and accumulated. These apparent stages are integral parts of each finalized work. Kohan’s formalistic process is revealed, for example, as he layers then strips abstract works through painting, collage, décollage, and sanding, creating built-up yet weathered surfaces that are at once chaotic and methodical. Allusions to the passage of time, gradual transformations, and hidden stories are found in the tactile details of his treated panels.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Floyd Strickland

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Floyd Strickland

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Floyd Strickland is an emerging multi-disciplined artist from Los Angeles Ca. Drawing inspiration from his childhood environment, Strickland often uses realistic figures that are juxtaposed with cartoons creating dream-like paintings.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @floyd_strickland

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Francisco Palomares

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Francisco Palomares

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Francisco Palomares is a native Angeleno of East LA. He discovered the magic of oil painting from skimming through books featuring the works of classic artists such as Rembrandt, Francisco de Goya, and Diego De Velasquez. He was mesmerized by the way strokes of paint from a brush can bring to life people, places and things; it was magical in the young eyes of Palomares. His passion for art would lead him to begin his art training at Ryman Arts, receive a BFA at CSULB, and study art across the Pacific Ocean . He is a current resident artist at Art Share LA were he continues to innovate and inspire the community.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Frannie Hemmelgarn

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Frannie Hemmelgarn

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Frannie Hemmelgarn is a multidisciplinary artist whose creative output includes oil painting on canvas and wood, cyanotype print making and temporary and spontaneous installations in nature. Her work, which trends towards abstract and figurative, is inspired by the vibrant colors and intricate patterns found in nature and the role that energy and rhythm play in our experiences as humans.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit + Art Auction

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Gabor Ekecs

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Gabor Ekecs

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Born in Munich, Germany, Ekecs graduated from the Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in 1990. Work as a commercial photographer took him around the world, and he soon settled in Los Angeles. Over the years, his clients have included Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, HBO, Lufthansa, and Audi, among many others.
A longtime resident of downtown Los Angeles, Gabor Ekecs is a fine artist as well as a commercial photographer, and has steadfastly worked to challenge our assumptions about image, meaning, and perspective.

Exhibition: The Observer and the Observed

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Gay D.D

Affordable Spaces

Gay D.D

Affordable Spaces

 Bill Mayer, Producer of Gay DD

A fast outrageous, attention-deficit LGBT cabaret and all-around funk-tacular experience.

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Glenn Wagner

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Glenn Wagner

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Glenn Waggner was born and raised in Southern California. Growing up in the beach communities, he was immersed in the 1970s surfing and skateboarding culture. Always drawing and sketching, Glenn has worked in the architectural profession for many years. It was not until the year 2000, that oil painting was “discovered”. This freer, looser medium was the perfect fit that allowed art to be made using vivid color and no precise lines.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Instagram:@glennwaggner_art

Website:https://www.glennwaggnerartist.com/

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Gregg Stone

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Gregg Stone

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Gregg Stone is an award-winning professional artist who exhibits internationally. He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1952, a tenth generation Californian. His Mexican heritage reflects and inspires his work. College education consists of an associate arts degree from Orange Coast College and bachelor of arts degree from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. With masterful manipulation of watercolors, gouache and Japanese sumi-ink, Gregg developed his own style, which he calls ‘Modern Realism.’ His creations have to be viewed in person to appreciate the attention to detail and three-dimensional, life-like quality.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Haas Brothers

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Haas Brothers

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Twins Nikolai and Simon Haas (b.1984) create irreverent sculptures that explore themes related to nature, fantasy and sexuality. Originally from Austin, Texas the brothers began collaborating in 2010 each bringing their respective passions and distinct specialties together utilizing materials such as marble, bronze, ceramics, beads and more. The Haas Brothers have had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad and maintain their studio practice in Los Angeles, CA.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Hagop Belian

Creative Careers

Hagop Belian

Creative Careers

Hagop Belian is a self-taught mixed media collage artist. His work is an exploration in the concept of synergy: the creation of a whole that is greater that the simple sum of its parts. The source materials of his work come from books and materials dated from the early 1500’s to 1800’s , and are retrieved from public domains and libraries from around the world. By constructing unlikely relationships between images, Hagop brings new meaning and purpose to the subject matter, thereby challenging society’s preconceived notions regarding race, gender, and culture.

Creative Careers: Angel City Brewery Festival

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hero

Creative Careers

hero

Creative Careers

hero is a contemporary artists that creates socially charged images with his blend of mixed media and spray paint. While acquiring his degree in film, his schooling introduced him to notable artists from the 20th century. His passion for graffiti and street art took him to the alley ways and aqueducts in Los Angeles, where he was introduced to some of the most infamous graffiti artists. His vast influences have inspired him to focus on the process of creation and the evolution of self exploration. He has been known to create paintings using everything from smoke bombs to designer fabrics. Hero gained global notoriety when he created an 80’s based character “AlfPacino,” which was quickly printed, stenciled, and stickered by fans around the world.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

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Hootnannie

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Hootnannie

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Annie Hong is a self-taught Visual Artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Hong’s insatiable curiosity in all things beautiful and creative has led them to be a jack-of-all-trades in the arts, leading them to explore the worlds of murals, canvas painting, body art, installations, digital illustration, and more. Their drive for creation lies in their passion for community and representation for the underrepresented, which is fueled by their own lived experience as a queer, gender-nonconforming, first generation Korean American artist.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Jamie C. Parker

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Jamie C. Parker

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Jamie C Parker is a freelance photographer and ICU nurse, who uses photography as a means of  expression to explore her history of depression, and channels her art as therapy. Through her  work, she aims to empower women, challenge traditional beauty standards, push boundaries, and  continually better herself. In addition to her portrait work, Jamie has been published for her  photojournalistic work in the ICU.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Instagram: @colettepark

Website:https://www.coletteparkphoto.com/

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Jay P

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Jay P

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Art has been a part of my Journey for the majority of my life. My Grandfather is a painter and my Uncle always had sketch pads. I adapted and took on the challenge of understanding the craft by practicing and giving myself projects to do. In 2013 I took it a step further and started experiencing Acrylic learning every aspect I could to painting and it was beautiful.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Instagram: @jaypgallery

Website: https://jaypgallery.bigcartel.com/

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Jazmin Garcia

Volunteer

Jazmin Garcia

Volunteer

Jazmin Garcia exudes art in all its forms. Her start as a backup dancer for MIA opened her mind and the doors to the rich arts LA provides. Jasmine moved from dancing to music production to hosting her own podcast where she interviews local LA scene artists. Her tangible art style ranges from geode epoxy resin to abstract fluid art inclusive of vibrant pinks, purples, blues, and naturals reflective of her home base in the South Bay. When jasmine isn’t creating art she can be found hiking some of the highest peaks in Southern CA.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA: florecita_ jazz

 

PODCAST: Can I just say

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Jen P Harris

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Jen P Harris

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Jen P. Harris (she/they) is a Los Angeles-based artist whose multifaceted practice combines research, painting, and collage to engage with the many pasts that shape our present. Harris holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York. She is a recipient of a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, and grants from the Puffin Foundation, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and Iowa Arts Council. Her paintings and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States. The New York Times, Columbia Journal, Guernica Magazine, CultureCatch, and The Philadelphia Inquirer have reviewed or featured her work. Harris is a current contributor for the artist-run publication The Coastal Post and maintains a studio in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Jennifer Korsen

Creative Careers

Jennifer Korsen

Creative Careers

Jennifer Korsen is an LA-based artist that works with many mediums. Her mixed media pieces, murals, and street installations can be seen regularly around Los Angeles in galleries, pop-up shows, and public spaces. Korsen’s recent work is centered around the heart in several different environments and interpretations. Showing nonstop since 2009, her anatomically incorrect hearts are instantly recognizable. Her studio work, murals, and street installations have become a staple in Los Angeles and have been featured in Movies, TV shows, and local and international print publications and art books.

Creative Careers: Angel City Brewery Festival

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Jeremy Novy

Creative Careers

Jeremy Novy

Creative Careers

​​Jeremy Novy’s unique brand of street art is ripe with thoughtful social examinations. Novy has combatted a homophobic lack of representation with a celebration of gay iconography, bringing joviality and warmth to disused urban spaces. With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, he curated the first major exhibition of its kind, “A History of Queer Street Art,” premiered in San Francisco in 2011 and later toured to Pop Up Gallery in Los Angeles and Yale University. Since graduating from Pecks School of the Arts, Novy’s art has been met with acclaim across the country.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

Instagram: @jeremynovy

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JJ “J2O” Onate

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

JJ “J2O” Onate

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

JJ is a surreal artist. She tells her experiences through her paintings. Every object is a symbol and key to unfolding who she is.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit + Art Auction

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Joan Scheibel

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Joan Scheibel

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Joan Scheibel is a contemporary abstract painter currently living and working in Los Angeles. Scheibel received a full scholarship from the prestigious Otis/Parson College of Art and Design and would later study Illustration at Platt College of Design. Scheibel established a prominent career in graphic design owning a business that was at the forefront of album packaging, branding and advertising.

Turning her attention inward for a more personal form of expression, Joan has pursued a fine art career for nearly a decade. Her work quickly earned acknowledgment from collectors, peers, and galleries throughout California, New Mexico, Seattle, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York. Ms. Scheibel is a consistent winner of the juried ArtSlant Showcase awards given to emerging and mid-career artists that exhibit both great potential and commitment to their practice.

“My Shadow appeared and I started painting. Guess we can never escape ourselves.”

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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John Cuevas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

John Cuevas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

John Cuevas lives and works in Palm Desert, Los Angeles and Oceano, California. In 2005 he attended the School of Architecture, California Polytechnic, Pomona. In 2007 he received a BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

Creative Careers: Angel City Brewery Avocado Festival, 4th St Bridge Stairs

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Johnny Naked

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Johnny Naked

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Johnny Naked is a multi-talented artist with a long, established career in the visual arts. He began his artistic endeavors while growing up in the city of Philadelphia, independently honing his photographic & storytelling skills through numerous personal projects.

Naked currently resides in Los Angeles, California, making his living as a visual media artist through the crafts of: filmmaking, photography, writing, and acting.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Johnny Taylor

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Johnny Taylor

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Born in Helena, Arkansas, Johnny Taylor grew up in and around Memphis, Tennessee. Early inspirations were MAD Magazine, Star Wars, and the rock band KISS. When he entered school, Johnny drew variations of these subjects ad infinitum. This interest in drawing led to a job producing a weekly comic strip at age 10. Thus encouraged, the young cartoonist determined that he would always make art.

Taylor began painting as a student at the University of Memphis (BFA, Art History, 1996). On New Year’s Eve of 1992, he made a resolution to paint three paintings a day, every day, for the entire year. By the end of 1993, Taylor had begun exhibiting the fruits of his labor. Showing paintings regularly ever since, he has not strayed far from the hard-edged cartoon style that marked his initial efforts. Primarily painted in acrylics with screen printed and stenciled elements, Taylor’s output has tapered from his earlier, dizzyingly prolific period.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Jonah Elijah

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Jonah Elijah

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Jonah Elijah is a Houston, Texas native now working in Los Angeles. He received his BA in studio art from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017 and a MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2020. Jonah Elijah’s work encapsulates black life in America and addresses controversial issues that actively affect the African American community. Using materials to explore economic inequality, displacement, or human rights Elijah’s artist practice embraces discomforting realities. Whether in his paintings or installations, Jonah layers his work with coded language offering an abstracted or representational view of what it’s like to be black today.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @jonah.elijah

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Josiah O’Balles

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Josiah O’Balles

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Josiah O’Balles, is a Afro-Chicano, multi disciplinary artist and advocate from Los Angeles. His artwork is informed and inspired by the heroes, beauties, and struggles within the working class BIPOC community, the motion of music, and his interest in his own personal lineage and history. He seeks to utilize his art to aid, amplify, and progress the causes and stories of his community, and in return hopefully learn more about himself in the process.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Juliane Backmann

Curator, Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Juliane Backmann

Curator, Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Juliane Backmann was born in Muenster, Germany and studied photography at the Academy of Photo Design in Munich. Now living in Los Angeles she has been working on numerous fine art projects that include documenting urban landscapes as well as a number of portrait series, utilizing different photographic approaches, like assemblage and collage and unconventional darkroom techniques. During the last decade she has been creating video works as well. Her photographs, collages, and installations have been exhibited throughout the United States and Germany and her video works have been screened and awarded at international film festivals.

Exhibition: The Observer and the Observed

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Julie Lipa

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Julie Lipa

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I grew up garbage picking in the alleys of Detroit in the 1970s and developed a preoccupation with the fate of discarded things. In my late teens a dozen 1950s portable TV sets at the curb came home with me. I had no idea what I was going to do with them but I knew they weren’t meant for the landfill. My early 20s were spent visiting antique stores buying kitschy vintage Life Magazines. In my late 20s I expanded my appliance acquisitions into commercial dryer doors and taught myself cabinet making using How To manuals. In the late 90s I started my own product placement agency and spent the next twenty years using the medium of television to increase awareness of my clients’ products. In 2018 I closed my business and decided to revisit my stored collection of vintage TVs. One big change in those 20 years was technology. I discovered an online archive of newspapers that opened up endless high-resolution advertisements and introduced me to events from the 1940s to 1960s to capitalize on as subject matter. Since the big wooden console televisions that were once the centerpieces of 1940-60 family life were taking up too much space in my workspace I sheared the stylishly designed fronts off of the sets and mounted them on wood. This began a new iteration of my work creating new opportunities to explore the darker side of the “good old days.”

Exhibition: There From Here

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Justin N. Kim

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Justin N. Kim

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Justin N. Kim is a Korean born abstract painter who currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Justin earned his MFA from California State University, Northridge in 2018. Justin paints abstract and color field paintings, imaginary maps and circuit boards visualizing melded order and structure found within man made subject matters. His works are collected worldwide.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit + Art Auction

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Kar_ Part

Creative Careers

Kar_ Part

Creative Careers

Kar_Part is an LA native, mechanical engineer product designer turned street artist fueled by a growing frustration with socio-political, economic, and behavioral conditions. His series, ‘Totem Dolls’ begun in 2020 features a collection of dubious billionaires, fellow artists, and iconic historical figures. Covering a variety of styles and media, all of Kar_Part’s artworks begin on the streets before expanding to limited and open edition works on canvas and wood panel.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

Instagram: @kar_part

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Karina Vazquez

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Karina Vazquez

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Karina Vazquez is one of the twenty-one artists exhibiting in our There From Here show.

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Kat Oldershaw

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Kat Oldershaw

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Growing up, I always found a way to be creative and work with my hands. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and began my career in the field of genetics and family planning. While this is an industry that I am still passionate and proud of, it wasn’t long before I realized I needed to dig deeper. Shortly thereafter, I made the jump to the industry of Interior Design and Custom Furniture, thus reigniting my creative passion. Now located in Los Angeles, CA, I work full time in the Fine Art industry, and come home to paint and create for myself. My typical mediums are acrylic and ink on canvas and paper.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @katttmandooo

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Kate Carvellas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Kate Carvellas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Kate Carvellas was born in Baton Rouge, LA. While visual art was a passion her entire life, and after more than one detour, she ultimately attended George Mason University, where she received a BFA in Theater. She moved to Los Angeles in 1992 to work in the entertainment industry. It was not until 2004 that she allowed herself to return her focus toward the visual arts after a 18 year break. At first, she focused on collage, creating thematic compositions from mass media imagery. By 2007, she had transformed her practice to focus on three-dimensional artworks using objects she has collected from thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets. Her sculptures, however are created using plaster gauze, cardboard and/or repurposed styrofoam She allows her artworks to “talk about” her conflicts, confusions, and insights. Assembling and rearranging objects and creating sculptures allow her to “re-construct” and redeem her personal narrative.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit + Art Auction

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Kelly Perez

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Kelly Perez

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Kelly Pérez is a Venezuelan-born artist, CG Animator and Director currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Her unique style captures an inherent sense of motion wrapped up in vibrant colors, and the result is unbridled visual eye candy for any viewer. Abstract expressions of emotion, to be interpreted and felt uniquely by each individual, are at the core of her artwork.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Kemal Clinegir

Curator, 2021

Kemal Clinegir

Curator, 2021

I document Los Angeles. I walk the streets religiously trying to expose every alley, avenue, and crack the sidewalks have to offer.

Exhibition: On the Ground

Instagram: @streetwisela

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Kiara Aileen Machado

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Kiara Aileen Machado

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Kiara Aileen Machado was born in 1993 in Lynwood, California. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from California State University Long Beach in 2018. Machado’s pieces confront the erasure experienced by marginalized communities. Mainly focusing on the Central American perspective, her work brings into question the absence and exclusion of Central American folx from mainstream U.S. and Latinx narratives. She has had the honor of participating in many groundbreaking events that have been pivotal to the foundation of Central American communities: first ever Central American and Caribbean Colloquium at Cal State LA, first art show highlighting Central American artists at UCLA, and Duke University. 

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @kiara_aileen_arts

 

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Krista Moy

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Krista Moy

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Krista Moy (she/her/hers) is a multi-disciplinary artist residing in Los Angeles. She is a writer and comedian, though finds her first love of storytelling was painting. Her paintings tell the story of the self’s journey with the divine feminine.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Lavialle Campbell

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Lavialle Campbell

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I am an artist who works with fabric, thread and a home sewing machine to create contemporary quilts that are non-representational abstractions. My pieces are driven by personal pleasure that meticulous work gives me, labor that requires time and dedication, as well as the challenge that results in seeing what large dimensions can be reached or how much accumulation I can generate from these small actions and simple materials. I have also always incorporated texture into my work, including ceramics and glass. I want to create paintings, but without using materials associated with western art history and challenge the idea of what paintings can be- what can be called a painting.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @artlovely

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Leah Smithson

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Leah Smithson

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Leah Smithson is a Los Angeles based artist with a surrealistic nature to her work, mixing both traditional and new media (i.e. Virtual and Augmented Reality). She’s worked and exhibited throughout the US and abroad, including most recently a mural at the Apple Tower Theater in Downtown LA. Having moved around as a kid, her style comes from a patchwork of influences from classical painting to cyberpunk. She uses nature & portraiture to express the complexities of being human. As a muralist, her goal is to create little rabbit holes of experiences in the cityscape, providing moments of inspiration to remind us that our lives are about more than just surviving.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

Creative Career: Angel City Brewery Festival

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Leopoldo Villegas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Leopoldo Villegas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Leopoldo was born in the border city of Mexicali, Mexico and lived on both sides of the border until he moved to LA at age 18. He grew up going to thrift stores with his parents and started collecting vintage magazines and books at an early age. At some point in his life he started cutting out images and texts from these books to create designs, a process that he maintains to this day. His designs are all handmade using vintage images, a typewriter, photocopies and screenprints.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Lois Keller

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Lois Keller

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Artist Lois Keller is also a mother and caregiver. By the use of found medium from her own home she gives value to all aspects of herself.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Edwin Luzon Harmon

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Edwin Luzon Harmon

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

LUZ is a painter and digital illustrator who is currently creating work inspired by his fascinations with gore, anatomy, cartoons & mythology. His pieces have become known for their abstract characters and psychedelic style but many don’t realize how dark the nature of his work truly is. LUZ utilizes vibrant colors & cartoonish imagery to transport the viewer to his own universe. In this universe darkness is disguised as vibrance. LUZ’s works have been displayed at SuperChiefNFT in NYC and can be found on SuperRare, withFOUNDATION, & MakersPlace.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Twitter: @sikotic4

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Man One

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Man One

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Artist, curator, multi-award winning illustrator, mentor and entrepreneur, Man One believes in the transformational power of art, its power to save lives, and make the world a better place. Growing up, Man One developed his love for art and his skills as a graffiti artist on the streets of LA. His art is comprised of his trademark bold, colorful art strokes.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Marcie Diaz

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Marcie Diaz

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Marcie grew up in LA and is known for her use of bold colors as well at her subject matter. Her first tools were acrylic and water color paints, until college introduced her to an array of different mediums and techniques, including oil painting, this not only reinforced her love for this passion but helped her grow as an artist.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Maricruz Sibaja

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Maricruz Sibaja

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Mi nombre es Maricruz Sibaja,Soy originaria del Istmo de Tehuantepec Oaxaca. Vengo de una familia de artistas, estudie dibujo en la Ciudad de México y Arte en New Mexico.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Maritza Torres

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Maritza Torres

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Maritza Torres is a Xicana Artist based in East Los Angeles/ Tongva Territory. She is best known for her graphic style and portrayal of the empowered woman. She has made a point to look for intersectional spaces to work with and make her work accessible to poc, queer and working class communities. From 2020 to present Torres engaged in a more fluid and self care based work style. She hopes to forge ahead into a new realm of art unifying past, present and future.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Mark Acetelli

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Mark Acetelli

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Mark Acetelli was born in Detroit into an artistic household. Mark’s mother herself was a painter and some of his earliest memories was the smell of turpentine and oil paints. Growing up surrounded by his mothers work, she inspired and encouraged him to become an artist.

Mark’s paintings are inspired by the intensely personal introspective journey of life, from the ever changing complexities of love, loss, birth and transformation. The context of his work he describes as “Simple expressions of complex thoughts created by capturing the physical mixed with the spiritual.” He seeks to evoke a feeling rather than a defined image. Mark’s application of paint is an extension of that thought process. Using traditional brushes along with palette knives, rags and his hands, he continuously builds up and tears down, adding and subtracting, stripping away layers to achieve greater clarity and emotion. He uses primarily oils and encaustics to create thickly layered canvases with texture and depth.

Exhibition: There From Here

 

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Matt Deifer

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Matt Deifer

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Matt Deifer is a passionate Los Angeles based artist/entrepreneur who harnesses the world of the surreal in his artwork. His exquisite array of photography and bodypainting celebrates spirituality, therapy and adventure. “I love pushing boundaries, stimulating the five senses, exploring light.” An East Coast native, his studio is located in Mid-Wilshire, where he works as a locations agent.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @mattdeifer

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Matthew Hernandez

Matthew Hernandez

Matthew ‘Cuban’ Hernandez is a poet, speaker, and performance coach from Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured as far as Abu Dhabi and nearly every major city in the United States and Europe, performing, teaching and coaching poetry. Matthew is the co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement (S.L.A.M.) – an organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for poets. A 2018 Four Corners Fellow and a teaching artist for nearly ten years, Matthew has spent the last four years working in youth detention centers across Los Angeles County. He has opened for artists such as Wu-Tang and performed for platforms such as BuzzFeed and NPR. Matthew is also a three time Southern Fried poetry slam champion and an award-winning poetry coach. Cuban’s favorite activity is making people feel great; sometimes he does this through poetry.

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Megan Ozurovich

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Megan Ozurovich

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Megan is an experimental artist exploring color therapy, shape, mixed media, and digital collage. She requires no formal training and believes play and practice are her greatest teachers.  She is also inspired by classic cinema and juxtapose, satirical messaging. Modern, iconic artists like Mondrian, Kandinsky, Bauhaus, Banksy, Basquiat, and Disney motivate Megan.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Instagram:@pixiepropaganda

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Melissa Horn

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Melissa Horn

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Melissa Horn is stargazing coddiwomplin’ solivagant who emerged under an Aquarius sun in Pennsylvania. She is a self taught artist who dabbles in various genres of photography but is especially fond of tossing them all together into a piping hot pot of proverbial soup to create surreal works for all to savor. Best enjoyed with a pinch of salt.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Mer Young

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Mer Young

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Tongva (Long Beach), Descendant of Chichimeca & Mescalero-Chiricahua Ndé Apache Tribe Mer Young is an Indigenous published artist who has created a body of artwork manifested in collages, drawings, paintings, and founder of Mausi Murals public artworks. Young’s artworks aim to inspire, celebrate and elevate repressed indigenous, first nations, and native cultures and women of color. Her works also focus on matters of immigration and the uprising to justice, equality, and complete freedom of Black Lives.

Creative Careers: Angel City Brewery Festival

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Michael Massenburg

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Michael Massenburg

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Michael Massenburg was born in San Diego and raised in Los Angeles California. Michael pursued his studies at California State University, Long Beach and Otis School of Art and Design and has exhibited in galleries and museums, completed private commissions, and worked on public art projects throughout the country and abroad. Along with his art-making practices, Michael is a teaching artist, community organizer and activist for various organizations and causes. In his practice he strives to investigate the language and imagery to explore the issues class, race and culture in their relationship through rituals. In each artwork, he assembles constructions of objects and images in an attempt to engage the subjects through representational, psychological and spiritual perspectives.

Exhibition: The Observer and the Observed

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Monica Seggos

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Monica Seggos

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Monica Seggos is a self-taught Greek-American artist who focuses on building narrative environments. Each environment is a synthetization of multiple mediums with the primary objective of forming a coherent whole that contains several layers of meaning for maximum impact. For each project, she conducts research, develops a narrative, translates it into visual metaphor, and introduces disruptive elements into a tableau. She incorporates variations of sculpture, as- semblage, mixed media, painting, photography, costume, video, wordplay, poetry, found objects, Olfactory Art, Post-Internet Art, and Body Adornment within the mise-en-scène. The juxtaposition of contrary elements creates an engaging, immersive cabinet of curiosity.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @monicaseggos

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Montana Mills

Curator, 2021

Montana Mills

Curator, 2021

Montana Mills is the nephew of artist and master printmaker, Richard Duarado, who founded Modern Multiples Fine Art Prints. Mills continues his families legacy by running the screen printing establishment passed down to him as well as founding Big Brother Publishing. Modern Multiples create original, fine art limited editions utilizing a multifaceted arsenal of traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques.

Exhibition: Old’s Cool, New’s Cool- Printmaking at Modern Muliples

Instagram: @montanimals

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Morgan Barajas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Morgan Barajas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Morgan M. Barajas is a Los Angeles based visual art alchemist strongly influenced by Romanticism, Surrealism, and Expressionism. He is fascinated by the interplay of the spiritual and the physical, and aims to render this often invisible relationship in his work. Originally trained in Cinematic arts, Morgan was inspired by filmmaker Akira Kurosawa to paint his own storyboards. What followed was an all consuming love affair with visual art marking, that enlightened his approach to creating. Utilizing oil paint, pastels, charcoal, ink, graphite, and sometimes organic matter in his work, every piece is a unique alchemical experiment all its own.

Exhibition: Products of Empire, Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Morely

Creative Careers

Morely

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Morley is a Los Angeles-based street artist. Blending humor, hope and his unique perspective on life, he specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheatpastes within the urban landscape. His work has been featured in The LA Times, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, LA Magazine and on television networks such as ABC, CBS, Netflix, Comedy Central and Showtime.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

Instagram: @morleyartist

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Michelle Ruby

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Michelle Ruby

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A Latina born and raised in San Diego, California, Michelle Ruby aka Mr. B Baby, uses elements of her heritage as inspiration for her striking and lively art work. Mr. B Baby is heavily influenced by her community, as well as her Puerto Rican/Mexican upbringing. By combining vibrant colors with traditional imagery, Mr. B Baby is able to uplift her audience and intrigue her viewers. The artist’s aim is to bring happiness and joy to her collectors and community, while also having stronger messages intertwined, all of which are open to the viewer’s interpretation.
​Creative Careers: Angel City Brewery Festival

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Ms. Yellow

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Ms. Yellow

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Ms.Yellow (Nuria Ortiz) is a self-taught Mexican-American muralist, artist, craftswoman and teaching artist. She has dedicated her time to the creative development and empowerment of communities, working closely with schools, cities, community centers & more to develop workshops, murals & mentorship to the youth. Her artwork and murals have been displayed​ in museums, galleries, and streets throughout the United States and around the world such as Egypt, Haiti, Japan, Spain, France, Australia and Mexico, centering on themes such as culture, folklore, sisterhood, education, unity, love and social justice.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Noelle Kraus

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Noelle Kraus

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Noelle Kraus is an artist working primarily in acrylic paint on canvas. Originally from New York, she currently resides in Los Angeles. Please feel free to contact Noelle for showings, commissions, or to inquire about any of the artwork shown on her site. You can also keep up to date with Noelle’s work by following her on facebook, instagram, and tumblr.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit + Art Auction

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Nuke One

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Nuke One

Creative Careers

Nuke One is a multi-disciplinary artist that has been engaged in Street Arts since 1984. Born and raised in Boyle Heights, Nuke, was constantly surrounded and inspired by Chicano artists and murals and at the age of 5, his curiosity and passion for murals began and the rest is history. Nuke is one of the major contributors for the mural located at 4th Place and Hewitt Street, called ‘Undiscovered America’.

Creative Careers: Angel City Brewery Festival 2021

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Nychole Owens

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Nychole Owens

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Nychole uses her art as a personal understanding of feminine energy, strength, and beauty. Soulful and Afrocentric, she strives to show the relationship of feminine energy and the universe. Her images unite the human experience with symbolism and elements of space and time. Her art conveys the infinite potential and divine nature that lives within us all.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Pam Douglas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Pam Douglas

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I am a mixed media artist whose exhibits include the California African American Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the LA Art Show, and the USC Fisher Museum of Art. I grew up in New York City, a child riding the damp subway and trudging to school through the freezing slush without a winter coat. When the other children lined up with money to buy lunch, I hid on the floor of the bathroom with my strawberry yogurt and drew pictures and phrases to avoid thinking about the hot soup out there. Today I am drawing pictures with phrases; I am still that child. Now when I see desperate families, especially refugees, my response is personal. My path led through drawing, painting, filmmaking, writing, sculpture and installation to creating a graphic novel that continues my life-long dedication to humanitarian issues.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @pamdouglasart

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Paul Juno

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Paul Juno

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I have a deep desire to work in a myriad of mediums to best communicate my creative vision. After graduating with an Illustration degree, I took time off from drawing to delve into abstraction. This experimentation process led me to create what I refer to as ‘agate’ paintings. Using fluid paint and a macro lens, these marbled colorful designs became my catalyst to understanding color theory and organic compositions. From the agate photographs birthed a fascination with documenting macro oil paint, zooming in on interesting details from my impasto palette knife paintings.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Instagram: @pauljunoart

Website:https://www.pauljunoart.com/

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Rachael Kucken

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Rachael Kucken

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Rachael Kucken is a self taught, Los Angeles based artist who strives to create immersive worlds by pushing traditional oil painting methods. This is done by meticulously detailed images being layered on glass and mirrors to add depth, movement, and self reflection. In doing so, she hopes the care put into each subject immortalizes them in ways they may not have been before, because it’s what she believes they deserve in this ever changing experience.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @littlelambcake

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Rand White

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Rand White

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Rand White is a Los Angeles based contemporary visual artist. Rand’s style is the bi-product of growing up in the Mid-City section of LA and years of formal art training. Throughout his life, Rand has studied drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and film & video production. Rand describes his style as a mix of abstract, post modernism, graffiti and urban art. He uses abstract shapes and lines to serve as a backdrop for color exploration and design.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Rebekah Villacorta

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Rebekah Villacorta

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Rebekah Villacorta was born in Los Angeles, they studied art at the University of California Irvine with a focus in new genres using writing, performance, and photography. Currently they work and live in Los Angeles. Their practice focuses on dysfunction, futility, and the ever-growing anxiety weighing on us all.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Reem

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Reem

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Born and raised in Damascus, Syria. Drawing in LA for the past 10 years, trying to escape commercial art and do my own thing.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Ricardo Salvador Miranda

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Ricardo Salvador Miranda

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Ricardo Miranda has been shooting fine art and editorial photography for 25 years. He documents the people of Los Angeles using photography, film, and video to create socially interactive art. His projects include work in Latin American, Asia and Europe. He holds a B.F.A from the School of Photography at California Institute of the Arts.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Rich Romeros

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Rich Romeros

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

My art is for everyone, but specifically for La Raza. A way to represent my upbringing in Southern California. To express our desires to be accounted for and respected. This series of work each drawing contain 3 ideas, 1st, something organic that grows from the earth, highly recognizable in the community. 2nd, a young woman, a chola, one that will give birth to the future. And 3rd, an image that too many would represent spiritually and light. Through these 3 images I’m able to show life a life cycle from be born out of the earth, to gaining consciousness, an identity, and finally to death, where our mind and spirt ascend to the cosmos, the light.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Richard McDowell

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Richard McDowell

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Raised in the Midwest, Richard McDowell is a painter, visual artist, writer, art curator and former gallery owner. Preferring to paint in a series, he enjoys all mediums from pencil, to crayola, to oil, in order to capture life on canvas.

His work is an attempt to understand the world in all its chaos and beauty. “If there was no chaos, there would be no need for art in the world, and I would not exist.”

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Rick Ortega

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Rick Ortega

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

The Artwork of Rick Ortega transcends time and takes us on a mystical journey into an ancient way of life. His paintings reveal an array of indigenous symbols from Mexico’s past, turning his colorful compositions into modern day codices which reveal the history, myths, legends, and spiritual beliefs of the Mexica people, better known as the Aztecs. Each painting captures the heritage of his ancestors, who held the arts with high regard, truly believing that the Tlacuilo (The Painter) had his heart rooted in God and would transfer the symbols of divinity to his paintings. This ancient tradition of creativity is the root of Mr. Ortega’s art.

Exhibition: Inside Out

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Ricky Sencion

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Ricky Sencion

Creative Careers

I’m a self-taught artist and native Angeleno. In 1998, I started my career. In 2013, it took a sharp turn when I read a quote in an Alexander McQueen biography. He referred to himself, not as a black sheep, but as a ‘pink sheep.’ It was a magical moment, it felt personal. I was different, this was different. Even though I had no idea of what it meant, inspiration started flowing from every direction. I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t expect to be working on the streets, but I knew that SHEƎP belonged out and about. ‘e(we) are ALL Queer’ is the message behind SHEƎP. e(we) are all different. It’s a truth that connects us all. SHEƎP is for everyone.

Creative Career: Let’s Paint the Town

Instagram: @littlericky001

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Raquel Natalicchio

Curator, 2021

Raquel Natalicchio

Curator, 2021

Raquel Natalicchio is an award winning independent visual storyteller based in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently focused on photo documenting social justice and immigration issues in the United States and along the US/Mexico border. “ As a storyteller I believe in the power of image and story as having the ability to not only inspire but also expand our awareness. Images allow us to dive into all the layers of our world and gain a greater understanding of our environment and each other. They also are a place where worlds can be created and the future imagined.”

Exhibition: On the Ground

Instagram: @rockmyworldrocky

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Rosatzin-Rosa Angelica Barrera

Curator, 2022

Rosatzin-Rosa Angelica Barrera

Curator, 2022

Rosatzin is an indigenous artist with roots in Nayarit, MX. Rosatzin is currently based on KIZH land, TURTLE ISLAND (Los Angeles, California).  An intuitive painter and dancer, her primary subject is the timeless-enduring high arts of indigenous ancestral legacy. More than a painter, she writes, publishes, and prints works that raise awareness on indigenous languages & culture, body literacy, holistic health and beauty.

 

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S. C. Mero

Exhibiting Artist, 2021, 2022

S. C. Mero

Exhibiting Artist, 2021, 2022

S.C. Mero is a magical realist who lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles / Skid Row where she’s been invading the neighborhood with guerrilla art installations since 2015. Her work focuses on transforming mundane, ordinary objects and environments into something unexpected or endearing with the goal of revealing the marvelous nature of the objective reality we all share. She embraces the process of Alchemy through several different art forms including sculpture, mosaics and installation art. Ideas she explores in her work with the U.S. Penny include: the divine order underlying chaos, the individual’s relationship to community and the Hero’s journey through inner transmutation.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy, Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Sam Pace

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Sam Pace

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Born to a mother and father from the Deep South, who followed the Great Black Migration west seeking better opportunities, Samuel M. Pace’s talents were given a chance to flourish. Encouraged by both parents to express his creative abilities, he continued developing his skills throughout high school where he earned a Fine Arts scholarship. In 1989 Sam moved to Europe where he began developing his current style, using Jazz and Blues as the subject matter. His unique interpretation comingles the moods and sounds of contemporary and 1920s Black Renaissance Jazz and Blues artists into a visual narrative. His works vary in several different mediums from acrylic on canvas, wood, and collage to discarded recyclable objects.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @sam.pace.7

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Sara Janti

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Sara Janti

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Sara Janti is a mixed media artist and a jewelry designer, her paintings explore themes of love and humanity and are housed in private collections in Southern California. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Sara NoSpecialName

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Sara NoSpecialName

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Under the anonymity of one of the most common girl names of the 80s, Los Angeles-based artist Sara NoSpecialName has been creating high art about low culture for over seven years. She got a little depressed during the pandemic and took a break from painting, but she’s back, baby.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Sara Sandoval

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Sara Sandoval

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Sara Sandoval is a spray paint stencil artist. Wanting to pursue art she looked into attending CalArts in 2010 only to discover she was undocumented in the process. Since DACA was not in place until 2012 her plans for after high school changed. She started studying street art online and watching videos on how to create multilayer stencils. Through self study she discovered her own style. At first she used her art as a way to create while escaping her feelings on being a undocumented, gay woman but eventually found her voice and created a series dedicated to essential migrant workers who are struggling to feed their families and keeping themselves safe.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

Instagram: @sarasandovalart

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Scott Kaz

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Scott Kaz

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

For me, the process of creativity involves both planning and accident, to be guided by a spirit of the opening of perception — an eyes open meditation where looking for a new way of seeing, an awareness of a disclosure of meaning. Art consists, as Marcel Duchamp said, of the “gap” between what is intended and what is presented, that is, between what one intended and what is perceived. Art therefore uplifts us to the between –that which to Martin Buber indicates an event, where we are both defining and defined through our relationships with ourselves, others, and the world.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit + Art Auction

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Seda Saar

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Seda Saar

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Seda Saar is an International artist and designer, working in the field of themed environment design, painting, sculpture, mixed media and installation. After a successful career as an award winning themed entertainment designer for major Hollywood studios, she focused on interactive experiential works incorporating materials that reflect, refract and explore light transmission and transform the environments, and our perception of form and space. She often experiments with multiple media including real and virtual sculpture, NFTs and moving images, painting and theatrical set design using innovative technology.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Shahla Reynolds

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Shahla Reynolds

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Shahla first enrolled as a pre-med student in college, but later found her direction and changed her major to graphic design for her bachelors degree and a master’s in art. Shahla’s early Middle-Eastern upbringing combined with her Western knowledge creates a dynamic fusion of subjects. Her stylistic tools include the hues and luminosity of the medium itself, whether it is alabaster, marble, clay, bronze or paint. Each piece has a concept; that concept evolves during the process of creating the idea and instead of fighting the irregularity or imperfection, she allows them to become an original part of the piece. Though Shahla’s work continues to evolve as she explores new styles and mediums, her artworks will inspire hope and harmony among all.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @sonarta1

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Sharon Barnes

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Sharon Barnes

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Born in Sacramento, CA and raised in Los Angeles, Sharon Louise Barnes is a fifth generation Californian, a descendant of black pioneers who came to California in the mid-1800’s when it was admitted to the union as a free state. Barnes is an interdisciplinary visual artist who uses Social Abstraction to blend her formal and aesthetic considerations with cultural and social concerns. Barnes’ haptic paintings, sculptures and installations investigate a broad range of cut, collaged, and assembled processes that evoke fracture and reparation, layer and overlap, struggle and resilience against the backdrop of race, gender, and power in America. Embracing metaphor and symbolism, her works have incorporated hanging threads, repeating ideographic shapes, elements of chaos and moments of sparkle in her evolving visual vernacular and exploration of poetic materiality.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @sharonbarnes4702

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Simone Quiles

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Simone Quiles

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I have spent my life fantasizing about an island only at a distance. Born in the United States but raised by grandparents from the island, I experienced varying perspectives of what it means to be Caribbean. As a person of the Puerto Rican diaspora, I reference magical realism in order to explore a place I only hold in familial memory. What is cultural authenticity when a major access point to history and identity is through the gaze of stereotypes constructed at the intersection of colonialism and capitalism? I explore this question through painting, drawing, and collage to unearth the soft, but painful tensions between myth and reality.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Spookyharris

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Spookyharris

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Spookyharris is a painter, muralist, sculptor and writer who uses humor, pathos and nostalgia as tools to reflect and process the idea of the short and beautiful bursts of life that encompass the human experience. Spookyharris is the artist-in-residence at Strand Brewing Co where he continues to work on a 250 ft plus “living mural” that reflect themes on on-going beer releases. He is also the founder of a small gallery within, Cheap & Tacky gallery.

Exhibition: There From Here, Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Stenzel

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Stenzel

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I work in a variety of mediums including wood, metal and canvas. I am also a digital/photography artist.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Talya Coviello

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Talya Coviello

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I am a fine art/conceptual self portrait photographer from Los Angeles. My art focuses mainly on mental health; the ups and downs that come with depression and the fear that comes with anxiety. But with that said, my photography is also an escape from those things. I turn my dreams into something others can see. My art is about learning to live and learning to heal. I have a background in film production, where I worked as a production designer and art director briefly- that is when I discovered my passion for photography and photo manipulation. I currently work as an associate producer in the beauty industry.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Tiger Munson

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Tiger Munson

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

I am an artist, photographer and educator living in Los Angeles. Documenting, expressing, creating communities, history, justice, sustainability, wonder, beauty and radness.
Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Tim Nguyen

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Tim Nguyen

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Tim Nguyễn is an LA based queer artist who explores the human form with minimal lines and expressive colors. He hopes to draw and paint larger pieces to celebrate all body types and sexual identities. Every body is beautiful.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Timo Saarelma

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Timo Saarelma

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Timo Saarelma (b.1977 Turku, Finland) studied photography and videography in Oslo National Academy of Arts in Norway, and completed his studies receiving his Master in Fine Arts degree in 2009. Timo Saarelma lives in Los Angeles, California since 2014 and works as an independent artist and freelance photographer.

Saarelma’s works have been exhibited in various exhibitions in USA, Finland and other countries. In 2015 he worked as a resident artist in an artist-in-residence program in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2016 he worked as an artist-in-residence and had a solo exhibition at Galleria Liliput Experimental in Puebla , Mexico. In 2019 Timo Saarelma’s photographs were on display at the Calafia: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise -The MexiCali Biennial exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Toban Nichols

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Toban Nichols

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Toban Nichols, is a visual artist & filmmaker whose work has been seen in film festivals & galleries in LA & around the world. He was also featured in Pop Rally at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

After earning a Bachelors degree in painting, he studied at the San Francisco Art Institute where he received an MFA in New Genres. He has been granted a residency with the Experimental Television Center in NY, & awarded the Juror’s Pick at the ArtHouse Film Festival. In the past eight years Nichols launched a line of textiles, created a photo app for mobile devices worldwide and published his first photo book titled ‘MY TWIN’.

Exhibition: Rainbow Shift

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Tom Lasley

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Tom Lasley

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Tom has been exhibiting his work since 2006. He has shown in venues in the Los Angeles area and greater California, including the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, The Lancaster Museum Of Art, The Torrance Art Museum, The Advocate + Gochi Gallery, LA Artcore, and bG Gallery. He has been awarded Best In Show for “Invisible Realities” at the Satsuma Gallery and “Who Do You Think You Are?” at the San Fernando Valley Art And Cultural Center. He received the City Managers Award in the 32nd Annual Cedarfest at the Lancaster Museum Of Art. He was recently invited to attend a Kapaipai Professional Artist Development Workshop hosted by the Lancaster Museum Public Art Foundation and was awarded a grant from the Los Angeles Center For Cultural Innovation to cover the cost of participation. Tom has a BFA in acting from SUNY At Purchase. Primarily self-taught as an artist, he has also studied with Franklyn Liegel at the Art Center Pasadena, CA.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Toni Scott

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Toni Scott

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Toni Scott makes art installations and individual artworks that explore her African-American, Native American, and European heritage. Her installation “Bloodlines” was the inaugural exhibition of Discovery at the California African-American Museum in 2009-2012. In 2016, she was invited as the First International Artist to exhibit a solo exhibition at the Changzhou Museum in Jiangsu Province of China. “The Circle and Cycle of Life,” focusing on Indigenous culture, feminism and technological advancements of the 20th century were exhibited at Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Peking University, China for the 25th Anniversary of the Sackler Museum exhibition “Intervention: International Art & Culture,” and acquired for their collection in 2019. Recently, 2020 Scott exhibited her social justice work at United Talented Agency Artist Space, Beverly Hills, CA Group exhibition, “Emergency on Planet Earth.”

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @toniscottart

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Tony Pharo

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Tony Pharo

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Tony Pharo is a Multidisciplinary Artist, whose work is conveyed with a raw and transparent spirit, celebrating emotion and conviction. With a visceral color palette that hits you in the eyes and a disarmingly playful tone, he tears down barriers to the soul. Born in 1988, his creative voice is raw and new (literally), as he has been using his creative voice for only six months; as a true conduit of his generation and their potentially pointless search for meaning and purpose amidst a sad, cruel life in a flawed world. He brings a new joy and experience to this world with each passing day.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Emily “tsaiamese” Tsai

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Emily “tsaiamese” Tsai

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Emily explores the delicate line work of Chinese brush painting blended with the graphic shapes and vibrant colors inspired by her study of design. Her compositions often contain subject matter common in traditional Chinese paintings, including certain flowers and animals. She often explores ideas of ephemeral pleasures and loss of innocence; objects in her pieces are often in the process of melting away.

Exhibition: Spring Benefit and Art Auction

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Vanessa Rivera

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Vanessa Rivera

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Vanessa Rivera is a Los Angeles based artist with an education in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California. The paintings she creates are a depiction of her personal evolution. The topics she speaks on range from learning the true meaning of love, questions regarding religion and spirituality and finding peace in the tragedies of life. She continues to use art as a way to heal herself and to speak on the injustices faced by marginalized people, aiming to also heal her community and create self-reflection, unity and self-love. She uses color as a language to create an emotion in the viewer whether it’s in her solely abstract work, or in preparation for a story in her figurative paintings. Rivera uses her signature halo triangle to bring all of her styles together and collectively speak on the overarching theme in which she portrays the human experience, while also shining light on the pure nature of humanity.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @vjriivera

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Vincent Madrid

Angel City Brewery Beer Can Artist

Vincent Madrid

Angel City Brewery Beer Can Artist

Starting with the most basic forms and egg tempera paint, Vincent embarked on a new journey of discovery  through paint. Having taught himself through trial and error, and a tireless thirst for knowledge of the Masters and  their techniques, Vincent’s approach remains highly instinctual letting intuition be his guide. 

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Wallace May

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Wallace May

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Wallace May is a Los Angeles based artist. She studied art and design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her current body of work is mainly acrylic and watercolor paintings that center memory and nostalgia.

Exhibition: There From Here

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Wayne Perry

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Wayne Perry

Exhibiting Artist, 2021

Wayne Perry is an accomplished Los Angeles based ceramic artist, art fabricator, public art restorer, and educator. For the past 22 years, Perry has worked on over 50 public art projects throughout Los Angeles and California. As a ceramic tile mural fabricator, he has helped make over 30 large-scale art projects with renowned LA artists. He has been commissioned by The Getty, The Wallis Annenberg Center for The Performing Arts, The Pasadena Playhouse and the California Community Foundation. Perry’s technical and artistic mastery in ceramics come from studying and working with artist Peter Shire, where he produced pottery, ceramic art and public art for 15 years. Currently, Perry works as a consultant for the Los Angeles Metro Public Art Program. He maintains and restores the extensive public art collection, as well as supports the fabrication and installation of new art projects throughout Los Angeles county.

Exhibition: Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacy

Instagram: @wayneperryart

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WRDSMTH

Creative Careers

WRDSMTH

Creative Careers

WRDSMTH is a published author, screenwriter, former advertising copywriter, and emerging street artist. Born and raised in the Midwest, he relocated to LA and started doing time in Hollywood, chasing the dream like countless others. Past and present worlds merged when he came up with the concept for WRDSMTH — a unique combination of stenciling and wheatpasting — and began painting/pasting walls with indelible thoughts and phrases.

Creative Careers: Let’s Paint the Town

Instagram: @wrdsmth

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Zeal Harris

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Zeal Harris

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Zeal Harris is an Arts & African American Studies Lecturer at California State University at Fullerton, has taught at Otis College of Art & Design, and was recently the Arts Alive Artist-In-Residence at San Diego State University. Harris creates urban-vernacular visual stories. Her influences are highly eclectic and include; Southern Black folk art, Asian scroll paintings, Persian miniatures, Mexican ex-votos, and Afrofuturist literature. Currently, she is working on two series of artworks. One project, Pantheon of Akatas is about ancestral-mother-maroons on the brink of ethnogenesis while on a quest for promised land. Her other project, I Be Livin’ Black Love consists of black-feminist themed book-style illustrations of contemporary life.

Exhibition: Products of Empire

Instagram: @artsyzeal

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Zina Brown

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Zina Brown

Exhibiting Artist, 2022

Zina Brown (b.1993, African American) is a LA based conceptual artist, born in the deep South of Hattiesburg, Mississippi creating works centered at exploring African American spirituality, cosmology, theology, mysticism, oppression and the effects of trauma.

Exhibition: Ideas of Practice

Instagram: znabrwn

Website:https://www.zinabrown.com/