This space is for the creative mind to manifest through color and vibrancy of visual stimulation. A landmark corridor which will house over 30 visual artists gifts via limitless forms of expression. Here at no cost to them, they can share their visions with others, sell their work and gather with like minds, while soulful rhythms play in the background for a complete experience.
Jose "LaLo" Garcia Jr
I'm a Los Angeles Mexican/American Photographer, Filmmaker. Born and raised in Los Angeles
As a young man in the 1990’s I fell in love with my City of Los Angeles, especially the places my Father used to take Me and My Family when I was a kid, Downtown LA in the 1970’s. In 1993 I discovered my passion for photography, I bought a used TopCon Vintage Japanese 35mm photo camera and an 8mm Vintage movie camera, I started teaching myself to photograph images on black and white film and shoot short films. Then I studied Photography, Cinema, Acting, and Screenwriting at Santa Monica College and Filmmaking/Cinema Production at Los Angeles City College.
A 2011 graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with two degrees in Ethnic Studies and Art, downtown Pomona’s Arts Colony has provided a platform for Shelley to explore various forms of expression. She has featured poetry at numerous shows, curated and organized events geared towards social activism, but most notably has traveled to Washington DC, New York, Ghana, The UK, and Bermuda sharing her painting. Live painting is what she is inspired by most, creating art for audiences of weddings, university programs, concerts and more.
Currently Shelley is pursuing her visual art career with a focus on conceptual painting, spoken word poetry, spirituality and community engagement.
My name is Alfonso Gomez, I was born in Mexico in 1978 and arrived here in the US in 1980. I’ve always been inspired by the chicano culture since I was a kid , specially when I would watch chican movies on TV. I’ve only been doing photography for two years , I was homeless for 5 years , but during that time my heart and eyes were opened to truth in the street. Now I’m happy to say that I am no longer homeless and now I can inspire and motivate others through my photography and my words , in their hard times. I hope you enjoy my photography that acknowledges pachuchismo and the chicano low riders scene. You can address me as him, he or El , no worries.
D. Hawley Bey
I’m a self-taught artist born in Long Beach CA. My artwork stems from my love for cartoons / animation, my spiritual journey, and the art is meant to spark healing as well as lessons of life. There is a great importance of expressing / channeling artwork whether it reflects the times we live in or shows how wild an imagination can get. Sub-conscious activity and life experience are heavy influences in an artist's way of communicating to the audience; I feel that when we create, we’re holding space for each other’s own introspection, life questions, and self-expression and that is why I am an artist.
Who I am is a question I ask myself a lot but lately,I have come to value myself the way that I am. I acknowledge the fact I am a youthful, talented, gay Latino artist that has evolved and learned from many of my life experiences. Situations which are both easy and tough simultaneously, and I am finally ready to share what I've learned through my experiences. I will continue to learn throughout my journey amongst the world. Via my art I express the view for people to recognize there is always a bright light at the end of every shady tunnel, no matter how dark it may seem. Growing up in a family of a single mother, I told myself this habitually, I realized that the law of life is perseverance. This type of attitude is key because when things seem the toughest is actually when we should apply the best we can. Considering that no matter any kind of circumstance that we are put under we can get through it, as the powerful humans we are! I am an artist because I love being able to deliberately paint with positive intention and messages to contribute out into society. To enlighten and spread positivity to people and the world.and I love doing it in a way where people can find these messages through symbols and drawings I paint and people can use their mind and intuition, It's another way were humans can share their thoughts and perspectives of the world I also see it as a way of communication through our imagination. Overall I feel like art is one of the many ways i can give back to the world and spread positivity and love.
BLAK KANVAS encompasses many mediums within visual and performing arts. Specializing in live contemporary and abstract paintings, Blak Kanvas aids in the chaotic solemn of abstract expressions and at times detailed minimalism. Oil markers are often used to inscribe affirmations of love, freedom, strength, & more notably the phrase, “Shift Happens”.
The ultimate goal as a live painter is to create behind popular artists of all mediums. Musical artists such as Sega Misfit have allowed her to paint alongside them and a plethora of community events such as The Intersection Art Party notably hosted and curated by Kamil Oshundara. In addition to, set design is also a point of interest as a series of paintings were recently installed on the set of Giants for their second season via Issa Rae's YouTube Channel.
My name is Dezerai but I go by Dez or Dezlasoul. I am a 25y/o artist from Los Angeles & I’ve been an artist since elementary. When I was a little girl I started taking interest with poetry. So I started writing daily and eventually started writing songs. I grew up around a very musically and artistic family so I knew I had a passion in me waiting to come out. As I grew older my mind needed another way to express, with no drawing experience or knowledge I never attempted to paint because I thought I wasn’t talented enough but it took years of depression to make me realize that talent has nothing to do with it, it’s all passion. My painting life started with a random rush coming home from work. Stopped by the store, picked up a canvas and paint, and I’ve been painting ever since. My medium is mainly acrylic on canvas, but as my passion grows so does my creativity, now I Paint on anything I can get my hands on from bags, to mirrors, to murals, to records, to wood, etc. and about 95% of all my creations are freestyle. With my painting journey bring myself back to life I was motivated to give back to all artists in the community so I created a movement called Creatizm, a community collective which rebirths the appreciation for art and decolonizes the new expectations of art and presenting it to the world. Art has given me a new meaning to life, I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for painting, which is why I want to appreciate my art as much as possible. These are my battle scars on canvas, and they mean everything to me. I don’t care at all for talent, it’s the passion that keeps me going and I will forever create because that’s what life is about. We are creations ourselves so it is up to us to keep creating, no matter what it be.
My name is Ivonne Flores and Im 24 years old. I recently graduated and received my bachelors in psychology. Even though I’m proud and thankful to have had the privilege to get an education, I never felt a connection in these spaces.
After I graduated I decided to begin to explore a more artistic path. The reason I decided to do this is because I knew it would be more fulfilling and I would be able to represent all my ideas/perspectives through my work. It’s something I had a hard time doing in a academic setting. I want to use my photography, poetry and eventually music to empower people of color but especially mujeres. I want to help to create more spaces where mujeres like me can feel free and empowered.
J. Carter AKA CreatiVisionarieZ
My name is J.Carter and I’m an artist because I am passionate about all things creative. I believe the arts can be a gateway to change on a societal level. I am a creative, meaning i don’t define myself to one art genre. I am a photographer, painter, sketch artist, and musician.
My name is Tyler Faye, I am an entrepreneur, model, and artist. I'm the founder of Unidentifiable Creative, a creative agency that specializes in the branding and management of artist. I believe that creative is an intrinsic motivation for everyone, and providing platforms and outlets for creative means in a society like ours is important. The particular mediums I find most expressive are poetry, painting, film, and photography. Also working as a Creative Director, I curate sets and spaces that promote innovation, uniqueness, and collaboration. Creativity is my means of connecting with God and my spirituality. Being an artist allows me to live in a way that seems truest to myself.
No Skript (Gilbert)
I’ve always had a strong inclination towards the arts and appreciated aesthetics of different mediums around me as far back as I can remember. Artistically, I began as a musician picking up a guitar as my instrument of choice. As the years progressed and my affinity for the visual arts developed further, I felt an impulse to create visual art, and as such adopted the paint brush and spray can as the main tools of my trade. Hence, my art is a reflection of the modern society we currently dwell in. I draw inspiration from the media, iconic personalities, politicians, celebrities, popular culture, social and ideological polarization, and upheaval. In addition, I incorporate facets of the past borrowing elements from history and align them with the status quo, thus presenting a picture of two contrasting epochs, while simultaneously bringing about the similarities of days passed and recent & challenge the viewer’s perspective of the empirical world around us.
Joaquin Junco Jr.
Junco Canché aka Joaquin Junco Jr. was born in the US and raised in Mexico. A multidisciplinary artist, Junco got his start in an underground zine in 2009. Since then he has drawn for La Prensa News, the Southwestern College Sun, and the Cal State San Bernardino newspaper. His work has been exhibited in different venues in Southern California, such as the Centro Cultural de la Raza (San Diego), the RAFFMA (San Bernardino) and the Watts Towers Arts Center (Los Angeles). Junco has received awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists, and the San Diego Press Club. An alumni of the California State University in San Bernardino, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Graphic Design.
I am one who never is shy of the world and its archaicness. I grew up in the stardom city of Los Angeles in mid city to be specific. This environment has allowed me to see so many different walks of life without even putting on someone's shoes. I have always been outside of the "average" perspective which has brought me to the place where I see beyond earth and instead see the universe. My art reflects the things that have come to me through dreams, experiences and manifestations.
Hi my name is Cecilia, I'm 24 years old. I paint surreal nature based events and creatures out of this world. A lot of my work is inspired by dreams, nature, and realms of my own imagination. I am an artist because creating is the only thing I know how to do well.
Having to take a moment to ask yourself, “Who am I”, is quite daunting. But it's a question we ask ourselves constantly and yet sometimes we have no definite answer.
What I do know about the woman I am is that I am a warrior. I am a lover. I am a protector. I am a healer and nurturer. I am the result of all the struggles that my ancestors went through and fought for. I am so many things, as all of us are. I am constantly learning about the woman I am, and anticipate the woman I will become.
I am an artist because of all the factors I stated previously. I share who I am through my art. Whether that be the heartache, anger, frustration, happiness, or self-love I feel at the time. When I create I share a part of myself in each piece, and when I display them for those to see I hope that it somehow touches someone’s soul. I choose to be an artist because I enjoy connecting with others by showing my vulnerability through my paintings.
My name is Maya Cardinali and I am a 17-year old biracial artist from the South Bay. I have loved illustration for as long as I can remember and use it as a form of self-expression. My art highlights topics of women, rape culture, body positivity, mental health, etc. I hope to one day pursue illustration and study art in college. You can follow me and my art journey on Instagram
My name is Maria Carrion and this is my story. I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco on September 16, 2001. I lived a few years in Tijuana till the age of five. I've been drawing ever since I was about two. The second grade was when I actually started focusing on making art. My teacher had inspired me so much and pushed me so hard in art she is the one I dedicate my work too for her fight against cancer. When I was moving out of San Jose in the fourth grade she had gifted me my first ever art set. I owe most of who I am to her early teachings. I still can't believe how someone had seen any opportunity in someone like me at such a young age. Art has become such a big part of my life. It has helped me cope with my problems in self image and daily struggles. And I hope that I can be able to help inspire someone through my art someday.
My name is Emilia Cruz. I am an illustrator/fine artist and I primarily work with paint but recently I have also fallen in love with sculpting. I have been making a lot of small keychains recently and I have also been interested in making necklaces as well.
Currently residing in Los Angeles California, bred by New York City, Cash paired his pen and his roving disposition from a young age. He majored in Experimental Animation, but cultivated a multi-disciplinary background, encompassing pulp-comics, gouache painting, and screen-printing. By 25, he had traveled extensively, gaining valuable cultural inspiration, and drawing all the way. After time spent as a disciple of the CalArts BFA Program, he accomplished a 2- year fellowship teaching art at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore and 1-year teaching art history in Dalian China at the Dalian University of Technology as a participant of the Princeton in Asia Fellowship. It was in China where Cash partnered with the Dalian Junmei Art Commune to produce his first solo exhibition to massive success.
My name is Madison Dolores Quiroz I’m 21 years old and I live in La Mirada. I’ve lived in SoCal my entire life and it has definitely influenced myself and all of my creative endeavors as well. I make art as Ballpoint Bruja, which I feel encompasses both my artistic and spiritual sides. My art is mainly inspired by women and the celebration of womanhood. I’m also very inspired by Soto Gang, Toshio Saeki, Teen Angel, and Olivia Kates. In addition to celebrating feminine energy , my work so deals with themes of love and loss.
DIOSA 1R, 17 yrs old loves graffiti/ART, self taught chicana artist specializes in freehand and custom work.
My name is Sarah Ko and I am a visual artist. I paint things that inspire me but mostly use my work to empower women and focus on spirituality. I also do hip hop portraits. I work in oil paint and ink. I am very interested in participating and being involved for the community!
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Hello I am Melisa Alonzo and I am a pop surrealism painter. My painting journey started ever since I found out I could make art with my mom’s makeup and use them to paint on paper and walls. Every painting has been created from my heart and comes intuitively. My initial art collection began with unconsciously painting my introverted emotions. Feelings that were beyond my understanding then somehow manifested as more spiritual, healing, and cosmic art works. The selected pieces convey my journey as a reiki practitioner which shows my femmine growth, my own healings, and walking through my own shadows in a pop surrealism style. This is also portrayed through common characters such as bunnies, kitties, outer space, weapons, ghost and robots. An emotional fantasy world that lives and hides in my awaken mind are the stories that my paintings emute.
Being a Mexican immigrant has really been a giant part of who I am as an artist and human being. I came to the US at the tender age of 2 months, I never knew what Mexico was from firsthand experience because I was still just an infant. All I knew were my family’s traditions and the settings I lived around in south central LA. I was only a few miles away from the place I once lived, seeing those giant mountains that ran across from my Paramount all the way to I was born, Tecate, BC. After moving to Miami at the age of 7, I started becoming to feel out of place and homesick of the mountains I used to always see. It was a giant withdraw feeling that I always dreamt and remembered about. At the last two years at high school, I began to betray my homesick feelings I had for my culture and the landscape I used to love. Unraveling the many forms of alienation and discomfort of where I was compared to where I wish I was. The cacti, desert, mountains, they began to be more than just a place I lived and more of who I was as an immigrant in the US. Cacti since we as people are able to still grow and thrive in abundance in such harsh environments having to deal with poverty, racism, and etc. Mountains, a landscape that runs through California all the way to Mexico, just like we still have an everlasting connection to our motherland. The desert, it was the harsh environment that I recognized Tecate to be from the mouths of my parents and family members. My family member’s portraits, reflects on the diversity of what modern Mexico is as of now showing the similarities but differences. Being an artist has helped more than just being creative, it is an output to speak about my best and myself all in one. I can express my feelings and concerns in ways that people can either relate or reflect.
Having to take a moment to ask yourself, “Who am I”, is quite daunting. But it's a question we ask ourselves constantly and yet sometimes we have no definite answer. What I do know about the woman I am is that I am a warrior. I am a lover. I am a protector. I am a healer and nurturer. I am the result of all the struggles that my ancestors went through and fought for. I am so many things, as all of us are. I am constantly learning about the woman I am, and anticipate the woman I will become. I am an artist because of all the factors I stated previously. I share who I am through my art. Whether that be the heartache, anger, frustration, happiness, or self-love I feel at the time. When I create I share a part of myself in each piece, and when I display them for those to see I hope that it somehow touches someone’s soul. I choose to be an artist because I enjoy connecting with others by showing my vulnerability through my paintings.