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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 out, follow and support.

Raymie Iadevaia

I suppose it started with my grandparents. They were the first artists in my life. Growing up immersed in their world of theater, art, jazz, antiques, and a love of dogs (and cats), a balloon of imagination and creativity was filled and encouraged. Around this time of imagination building, I lost my father. Read more>>

Alex Hackworth

Born and raised in Riverside, California, I moved to Whittier for college and have lived there for six years now. Inspired by cinematic masters like Guillermo del Torro and Emanuel Lubezki, I spend my days working as a cinematographer and photographer, always trying to find the beauty in natural settings or making the ordinary look like gorgeous fantasy. Read more>>

Nora Rothman

Nora Rothman is an activist and musician. Splitting time between Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle, Nora creates “mesmerizing” art with womxn from all around the world (TeenVOGUE). Since 2017, she’s been inventing new ways to use music for social good. Read more>>

Rocio Beltran

I loved taking pictures every where I went BUT I got more into photography to deal with pain. I lost my close friend someone I was in love with to suicide and photography became my therapy. Photography took me out of a depression i didn’t even realize I was in. Read more>>

Sherry Valence

Sherry Valence is comprised of vocalist Danielle Zamora, guitarist Ryan Massie, guitarist Jess Kelly, bassist Sean Kelly, and drummer Joseph Gallegos. Before forming Sherry Valence, Sean and Danielle met in Catholic high school, where they miraculously struck up a musical relationship. Read more>>

Steve Seleska

I wasn’t born, it was more like I fell out into the suburbs of Orange County. A city ruled by Mickey Rat. Growing up in the suburbs was like one uneventful day after the next. I attended mediocre schools, where I learned the art of self deception. Read more>>

Mads Sky

I was always successful in the formal eduction system and ended up graduating high school with an average GPA of 4.4 only to move on to one of the top universities in the world and leave mearly a year in. Some may say this a waste, a failure, etc etc. However, I could not be more thankful to have discovered that I learn in a different way. I left school and committed myself to a journey of creativity, self education and unending curiosity. The pillar of this journey was my love for painting. Read more>>

Oscar Malo

I have learned to photograph not only with my eyes, but also with my feelings and the understanding of each situation. It’s very important. I take pride in what I create. Read more>>

Galileo Gonzalez

My art is centered on a few things: my upbringings, my heritage, and Hardcore Punk… I consider my style crude and rough, as I feel that there’s more expression to it than something that’s clean and polished. Read more>>

Francisco Palomares

Francisco Palomares has used art to overcome the socioeconomic obstacles of his East LA neighborhood since his youth. He converted these disadvantages into opportunities in which he saw each street as visual narratives emanating the challenges and beauty of an ever-changing environment. Read more>>

Micah Clasper-Torch

I believe that when something is created with joy and care, that energy is absorbed by the piece. The beauty is in the creating, and the finished product then becomes a reminder and representation of that creation process. Read more>>

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