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Downtown LA’s Thought-Provokers

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.  Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around DTLA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Genie Liang

I’m an illustrator working in ink and digital mediums. I specialize in a minimalist approach, focusing on creating motion using still lines. Aside from illustrating, I write and draw comics, create stationery and design accessories. Timeline: 2014, I graduated with high honors Bachelors of Art and Animation.
2015-2017 goes to work at Casino Mobile Gaming company (in SF). I made a living making imagine N*ntendo as a slot game. Read more>>

Amy Donaldson

As a child, my mother would give me a blank paper to create instead of coloring books. I dove into watercolors in high school and then pursued painting at the University of North Florida. Immediately after college graduation, I began painting murals and faux finishes in children’s rooms, restaurants, and luxury homes. It was challenging with climbing scaffolding and hauling so much paint and drop cloths around every day. Read more>>

Samer Bakri

I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Growing up, I always sang at home, but was too afraid to perform or show anyone. I became a lot more comfortable performing when I picked up the guitar at age sixteen. I started writing songs a couple of years later. When I turned 18, I moved to the SoCal area and realized the idea of making a music career resonated with me. Since moving to California, I realized that I enjoyed writing songs and producing songs too. Read more>>

Moss Ortega

I’ve always been into fashion and streetwear I started off collecting, trading and selling vintage apparel and snap back hats a few years back. My main niche was mainly vintage designer wear and sports snap backs like Los Angeles Raiders to Chicago Bulls, I eventually grew out of reselling vintage and expanded my passion into the independent design in fashion. Then I dove more into production and how garments are made from screen printing. Read more>>

Ayodele Kinchen

I grew up in a small revolutionary city in Northern California known to natives as East Palo Africa and/or Nairobi. On the map, it reads East Palo Alto, CA located in what many perceive as Silicon Valley. Yet I didn’t live the silicon or valley lifestyle. The town I remember, however, was rich in other ways – of grassroots, progressive change and hope that would set the stage for me and countless others of color in my community to have a better chance. Read more>>

Micah Clasper-Torch

When VoyageLA first interviewed me two years ago, I was working full time for a NYC based startup and beginning to revive my passion for sewing and tailoring on the side, creating one of a kind coats, blazers, and dresses that were produced more like art pieces. With a background in Fashion Design and a career path that spanned art galleries and design work for fashion brands, I was eager to get back to a more artistic side of myself. Read more>>

Russell Quinn

I’m originally from Cheltenham, England. My father died a few months before I was born, from acute leukemia, leaving my then-24-year-old mother to raise me alone. He’d been the first in his family to go to university and was working as a computer programmer, in the era of punch cards and mainframes. By the time I was around five. Read more>>

Coffee Kang

I was born and raised in an average family in Shanghai, China. Born into a farmer’s family, my parents both followed a promising career path to get out of poverty. Becoming an artist was not an option until my generation. With my parents’ understanding and supports, in 2012, a little before I turned 18, I went to Hong Kong to pursue a Bachelor of Arts at the City University of Hong Kong. Read more>>

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