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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

Leonardo Bravo

I think something foundational for me is that I was born in Chile and grew up in Valdivia, a small college town in the south of Chile and in the middle of the Lake Country, surrounded by spectacular lakes and volcanoes and intersected by a winding river that leads out to the Pacific Ocean. Read more>>

Alisha Sofia

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and decided to pursue my degree in fine art studies at SAIC in Chicago. A year later I realized I wanted to switch paths and focus more on my illustration. I then moved back to Los Angeles to attend Art Center College of Design. Read more>>

Robert and Elizabeth Serrano

Robert and I both have always been into photography. Even before we met. We married in 2001. Since then we have always taken pictures of our family and of our trips. But in 2016 we had separated. We were separated for only a short time. Read more>>

Jee-Shaun Wang

I went to Italy. Michelangelo’s work was good in pictures but it was goddamn great in person. I almost cried because of it. Almost. Also, how could a place look so beautiful, stone buildings soaring effortlessly into the sky? I was sold, their city looked better than mine. Their city brought all the boys to the yard. Read more>>

Lisa Kelley Remerowski

I studied video production and film at Ohio University with the goal of one day becoming a producer. I left the Midwest and moved to Los Angeles with an incredible group of talented and creative friends. I have been fortunate enough to navigate the city, the industry, and really just life in general together with them ever since. Read more>>

Astri Swendsrud

It is difficult now to imagine what my art practice and life would look like had I not come to Los Angeles. The conceptually-minded education I received at CalArts grounded my art-making in research and critical thought, and provided me with amazing mentors and a community of fellow artists who remain close friends and supportive colleagues today. Read more>>

Julie Weitz

Since moving to LA, I’ve gone from being a traditional maker to an experimental, multi-media artist. The art community here has played a large part in reshaping my identity as an artist for which I’m grateful. Read more>>

Laura Tu

My heart is wide open, just like the red custom heart tattooed on my left forearm for everyone to see. Anyone that knows me, knows that I’m an open book. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know me better and learned how to love myself first because I never did before. Read more>>

Jason Jimenez

Some of my best childhood memories were in elementary school. I would sell my drawings of Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo characters to kids in class for lunch money.

Throughout middle school, breakdancing was my main hobby and I would practice with a crew called ‘LA Breakers’, and for six years I was a B-Boy in the underground Hip-Hop scene. Read more>>

Hilary Pecis

I always assumed I was an artist from a young age, but as most people’s stories go, my path to where I am now was not straight, but rather a zig zag finding my place. I spent eight years working though my undergraduate degree, focusing mostly on art, but enjoying other subjects as well. Read more>>

Mia Schachter

My background in dance and theater constantly informs my art practice. My recent work primarily deals with space and the fear and stigma around taking up space as a woman, identity and self-narrative, with an emphasis on materiality and use. Read more>>

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