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

Rigoberto Pinto Jr.

I’ve been drawing ever since I could pick up a pencil and fell in love with animation, after watching the Lion King in theatres! I went to Pasadena City College to build my art skills during that time I also worked in radio. After 4 years I applied to ArtCenter College of Deign and got my BA in Illustration Entertainment Arts. Read more>>

Riea Owens

I am a retired entertainment advertising Art Director who picked up paint brushes to apply my digital creative experience to canvas about three years ago upon retiring. People fascinate me. I am only interested in drawing or painting people, with a focus but not exclusively on African and African American people. Read more>>

Kayla Broberg

I have always drawn off and on since I was a kid, but it has not necessarily been an easy thing for me to do: it has always taken effort to express myself artistically. With the exception of a few art classes, I am pretty much self taught which makes it harder in some ways, but also feels like the art I create isn’t forced or a product of a specific technique, but a product of my own experimentation. Read more>>

Mark Dean Veca

I grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco in the 1960s and 70s and was raised on a steady diet of the popular culture of that place and time, particularly the comix, rock n roll, and skate cultures, and was influenced by their graphic language. Read more>>

Kathy Curtis Cahill

Growing up in a working class family in upstate New York, I was always interested in the magic of photography. At a young age I took over the job of family historian with my first Kodak Brownie camera. I majored in art in high school and college, with photography as part of both curriculums, so was able to learn how to shoot from the ground up, particularly enjoying the dark room experience. Read more>>

Christina Xing

So I was basically the only Asian girl in my high school back in Birmingham, Alabama and I often found myself feeling kind of left out. I wasn’t white, I wasn’t great at sports. I didn’t understand football. At all. Read more>>

Jill Paz

Don’t be afraid, be yourself and love what you have to offer! You have something no one else does. For years I compared my work to others and tried to teach myself other people’s styles while all along I should have embraced my own. Read more>>

Steve Ohlrich

My favorite endeavor is to share the sense of mystery I find in the world and inspire someone’s imagination to find it too. I like combining history with a subject’s story mixed in with philosophy topped with whimsy. Or if I can capture the color of something and dazzle the viewer as I was dazzled that works too! Read more>>

Iris Jong

I’ve drawn since I was a child, I remember winning a Mother’s Day art competition when I was 5, for an oil pastel scribble of a drawing I made. For a long time, I took art classes recreationally, learning to duplicate masterworks in watercolor, charcoal, and oil, and I’d sketch people and characters for fun. Read more>>

Johnnie Chatman

Raised in the tree-lined suburbs of Claremont, CA I was first introduced to art through the classes of a local abstract painter and eventual mentor, Elizabeth Preston. Over the following years as I proceeded through adolescent education I dabbled in everything from ceramics to graphic design and filmmaking as I maneuvered to find my place in the art world. Read more>>

Hector Aristizabal

I was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1960 and was forced by the political violence to exile in the USA in 1989. While in Colombia I worked as a psychotherapist and as a theater director/actor and was involved in the struggle for human rights. Read more>>

Robert Moya

I came to LA from New Mexico, where I had gone to college. I landed a job teaching art in Pasadena, and settled in Highland Park, and then Eagle Rock. I went back to get my MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute while continuing to teach. I have converted my Eagle Rock garage into an art studio/workshop. Read more>>

Jennifer Pham

I’ve always had a creative side but growing up Asian, my parents always encourage structure and stability. After finishing grad school and working my way up in my career, I found my creative side feeling unfulfilled. I ordered my first calligraphy kit off of Etsy and would play around with it when I got home. Read more>>

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