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Mid Wilshire’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 Mid Wilshire that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

NiNo Alicea

Now with the professional artistic background I acquired over the years, I enjoy creations that bring communities together and what fulfills me the most is creating spaces that provoke thought and conversation. I love seeing people stimulated and better yet, inspired to create and dream big. That is my ultimate goal. Read more>>

Lola Gil

My mental state is always to be grateful, and I genuinely have felt that way to this day. Especially when times get tough. I don’t require much, and my art isn’t about “making a sale”. It’s a necessity, as I said earlier. Like breathing. I am strangely in it’s grips. If I’m not creating or in the process, I feel off and uneasy. Read more>>


Change keeps me inspired and fuels my motivation to try new things. Maybe one day I’ll settle. But for now, this life suits me well. When I was in my twenties, I was enrolled in an MFA at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney. Read more>>

Rizaldy Celi Jr.

It wasn’t, until many years later that I started to explore what a camera can do and what kind of images you can achieve from them. Today, I’ve come to appreciate many genres of photography, but find myself most interested in erotic images. Read more>>

Jae Kim

Having studied graffiti then graphic design then finally calligraphy has shaped me to be the artist I am today. And as a fairly new art form of calligraphy+graffiti, I will continue to contribute to this movement hopefully one day leaving my mark. Read more>>

David Lyons

I’m a 3D artist from Dallas, TX. I’ve been drawing ever since I was a kid and I’ve been doing web design and development since 2001 as a hobby so that I could put my art online where anyone can easily access it. Read more>>

Joshua Dawson

My practice began while I was still in school at USC and started from conversations with students at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. I ended up trading my design-build skills in exchange for food on set because I lived off a student budget. This exchange with people from a different discipline broadened my perspective. Read more>>

Elizabeth Aquino

I’ve been a writer since I learned how to read at four or five years old. I have been a voracious reader and prolific writer and love what the poet Mary Oliver said — “I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way, too.” I wrote mainly fiction and short stories and terribly self-conscious journal entries for twenty-five years, but I stopped writing abruptly when my first baby was born in 1995. I was nearly 31 years old when she was diagnosed at two months with a rare form of epilepsy. The next decade or so was one of near-constant crisis, broken only by long stretches of trying to maintain some “normalcy” in my family’s life. Read more>>

Dom Elias

After various musical collaborations and ventures with other LA-based artists, he decided to curate an independent solo project that was indicative of the type of artist he wanted to be, while showcasing his own writing, vocal, arrangement, composition, and production skills. Read more>>

Timothy Hennessy

I started taking my camera out in Baltimore/D.C. area, shooting whatever caught my eye. It grew into its own thing beyond just a reference for cinematography. It was an outlet to capture interesting light and to frame the world the way I saw it. Read more>>

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