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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

Amanda Hua

I grew up in an immigrant Chinese-Vietnamese family fleeing from Communism. My grandfather, who we call Gong Gong, was a famous traveling circus musician who was constant fear of communism after the government murdered many of my other family members. Read more>>

Sofia Alvarez

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t an artist. I used every bit of imagination to generate vivid scenarios in my head with dramatic interactions between characters. As some people grow older, their imagination dims and these childlike fantasies fade, but not for me. Read more>>

Katya Apekina

I’m a novelist, translator and screenwriter. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer. When I was in college, I was taking photo classes and setting up these complicated, very elaborate scenes–making my friends climb out of suitcases I found in the trash or covering their faces in pencil shavings. Read more>>

Reggii

I grew up as the middle child in a family of six children. We were constantly on the road, moving from place to place, and traveling all over the states. It was not your average upbringing. My life has always been an exciting adventure and has allowed me to experience and see so much at a young age. Read more>>

Shyboii Guero

I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. My mom immigrated from Mexico to the states in search of a better life and here is where she met my father. He was a typical machista – drunk, abusive, and a womanizer, frequently acting violent towards my family and I. Read more>>

Mark von Rosenstiel

I’ve been interested in mathematics and sculpture. They’ve been the two frameworks of expression that make it easiest for me to relate to the world: one deals with relationships between abstracted objects and the other deals with objects abstracting relationships; two sides of the same coin. Read more>>

Daniel Brouns

I was born in a mid-sized town in California called Turlock, which is about 5 hours north of Los Angeles. It’s not small enough to be endearing. I was raised in a super conservative Christian home where I wasn’t allowed to listen to any secular music. Read more>>

Luka Oleksyshyn

My California story started with big dreams as a little kid. I grew up in Lviv, Ukraine. My parents met in the theater. My father was an actor and mother was a clothing designer. Watching movies and cartoons as a boy made me wanna create and tell stories. Read more>>

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