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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

Kirin Chan

I spent all of my free time from then on working on my portfolio. High school was definitely not for me. I struggled in every class and graduated by the skin of my teeth. However, encouraged by everyone, I was optimistic about my chances and thought my portfolio would compensate for my poor grades. Read more>>

Lowell A. Meyer

I’ve been fortunate enough to build a working relationship with a lot of these directors who have gone on to make feature films and bring me with them on the journey. There’s nothing clearer in that regard than Cummings’ feature Thunder Road: after filming five shorts with Jim. Read more>>

Cash-Cooper

The inspiration for my work is the ancient covenant between Africans and nature that birthed civilization. I believe that the “message” is what emerges from the interaction between viewer and painting. That’s its own vibe, unique to every individual who sees the work. Read more>>

Marinela Zubovic

As an actress, you usually don’t hold the reins of your career, but when you get to produce, you have the final say on every aspect of the production, even one that seems the most minute. Juggling those two roles gave me an even greater appreciation of theatre. Read more>>

Ronny Rose

I’m often drawn to projects that involve marginalization, trauma, or exploring the overlooked elements of places or peoples. However, I do utilize a good amount of self-portraiture, and often make photographs of the humans I love as part of my creative practice as well. Read more>>

Maxine Garcia, Beto Brakmo, and Chase Cook

The spirit of all our art is very much DIY: we all love playing with multimedia and make our own music videos, cover art, and take our own film photographs. We truly believe in a combined effort even outside of the main members, and working with like-minded artists, we respect for a shared creative experience. Read more>>

Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh

The process of adaptation in a new land, the struggle of redefining the identity and the desire of building a home has been similar. From my personal experience, I find the urge to tell the stories of my generation as an immigrant and as a home seeker. Read more>>

Joanna Keane Lopez

I am a strong advocate for community engagement, creative placemaking, and artistic activism. I believe in the power of artists working in communities, with government services, and within the social structure to incite change and creative solutions. Read more>>

Melanie Porras

I would hear people talk about hobbies and art being categorized as one, so I adopted that idea too. Which later I realized that it wasn’t just a hobby. I was always creating or thinking of new projects I can work on, which I am still doing. I live and breathe creativity; I thrive off of it. Read more>>

Wendy Gonzalez

My illustrations are more stories from thoughts, emotions, culture or just for fun. But what I hope to gain after finishing a piece either painting or illustration is having the audience connect to it. Having them feel whatever I felt as I created it, have them enjoy my detail, my style, and my color. Read more>>

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