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East 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 East LA that we hope you will check

Diana Zheng

I wanted beautiful pieces that would complement the cuisine I was writing about — dishes rooted in China but globally influenced, with a healthy balance between traditional and modern. When I came up short at my local Asian stores and online, I decided to start a company to make the pieces myself, in collaboration with other Chinese-American artists. Read more>>

Javier Solorzano

My work deals mostly with Lucha Libre, animals and how they all intersect with the pop culture we experience every day. It’s why I created “Lucha Cat”, to explore a lot of those themes. Growing up, Lucha Libre was a huge part of what I consumed every day, and many times that got conflated with stories of me and my pets. Read more>>

Johanna Hedva

I am a Korean-American who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches. My mother’s side has been in LA for four generations. All of the Johannas and Hedvas that I’m named after are buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, and I imagine I’ll be buried there too. I live part of the year in Berlin, which has taught me about forests and dark winters, but I always come home. Read more>>

Mac Kotas

I’ve been in LA for three years now and have been lucky enough to make it work and be able to work on a lot of cool projects. The opportunities and connections I’ve made here I couldn’t have made anywhere else. The key to success here is be open and network your ass off. If you stick it out and you’re a good person things will happen for you. Read more>>

Rebecca Rivera

Singing, dancing and performing in musical theatre as a kid. At around 12 years old, my mother bought me my first fashion magazine. I was hooked! My love for fashion combined with my background in the theatre leads me to major in Costume Design, followed by my move to New York where I earned a degree in Fashion Design. Read more>>

Anna Cangellaris

Drawing became a kind of journaling for me, I discovered I could put a whole story or memory into a face or an object that I could revisit later and the experience would come flooding back. I have to thank my parents too for indulging me in violin lessons, voice lessons, ballet, and theater. Read more>>

Mason Guerrero

Once I had my degree, I moved to Los Angeles and fell hard for modular synthesis. Today, I have a rinky dink synth studio where I spend my downtime experimenting with patches I make from scratch, soundtracking projects for friends or recording my little “mutant pop” jams. Read more>>

Will Kim

I believe every moment of our lives has a reason for celebrations including being born and death, etc. Even though I was born in Los Angeles and raised in both Korea and the US back and forth, I spent most of my childhood in Seoul, Korea where I got exposed to visual arts in a very early age. My dad has been a big arts enthusiast since he was a kid and my mom is a custom designer. Read more>>

Camily Tsai

I expanded my horizon beyond recounting existing tales as I started creating worlds where my own characters and narratives thrived. This hobby took on an even bigger role in my life when I moved to the States. In lieu of my initial lack of English speaking skills, drawing became a way for me to communicate and tell stories to my peers. Read more>>

Delaney O’Brien

I moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2016 and started shooting and crewing on as many things as possible. In the fall of 2017, I started the Cinematography Master’s program at The American Film Institute, which I will be graduating from in June of this year. Read more>>

D Mills

Since learning, I’ve been fortunate to play these instruments all over the world with major and indie artist. As a producer and session player, I’ve had the opportunity to write and record songs with some of the best in the industry. Read more>>

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