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South LA 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 South LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Nichole McKinney

I’ve always been extremely artistic. Drawing was one of my earliest passions throughout middle school and high school, I think drawing really helped prepare me for the intense retouching that I do. And I believe it also help me with my framing as well. Read more>>

Tiffany Livingston

I was born and raised in Culver City, CA. After high school, I moved to Las Vegas and received my degree in Culinary Arts. It didn’t seem like the perfect fit and I wanted to spend time studying art history, so I moved to Paris, France and did just that. Read more>>

Bryan Bowser

My story starts in South Los Angeles! I was just 7 years old when the 1992 riots hit Los Angeles, I remember driving down the street in awe of the gunshots, burning buildings, and looting. My father was an avid Rasta! I lived in Jamaica for a month at 15 years old. Read more>>

Tariku Shiferaw

I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia briefly lived in Nairobi, Kenya around the age of nine, and then moved to Los Angeles, where I was raised. My first encounter of art was seeing my older brother, Dagnachew, draw movie characters on his school notebook. Read more>>

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