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Thought-Provokers in the South Bay

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

Alexandra Fresquez

I’ve known since I was a little girl, that singing was what I wanted to do, but was truly too shy to ever pursue it, until I got to LA. I never pictured myself there but ended up there, because I was engaged to someone who, of course, was an aspiring actor. Then through circumstance, having the worst break up, etc., I started working on my own music. Read more>>

Vanessa R Vaughan

Absolutely and I’d have to agree with you, every artist brings their own unique perspective to the canvas and that what makes the world a beautiful place! Thank you for your interest in my artwork. Read more>>

Francisco Reyes Jr.

For over a decade, I’ve been pursuing my passion for Graphic Design. My experience as a musician and involvement in the skateboarding scene in my late teens and early 20s taught me the value of hard work and the importance of building things from the ground up. Until this day the DIY ethic continues to be a big part of my everyday. Read  more>>

Kasey Holt

Growing up, I played violin and liked to write and think. Like many people, I spent a while trying to find myself outside of myself, and tried to force my creations into a specific genre, but as I grew and learned how to accept myself, I found that if I stepped out of my own way, the things that naturally came out were more real to me. Read more>>

Lena Vieiro

I spent a couple years there and I applied for a grant called Séneca that allowed me to study at Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain, and then, during my last year of university, I received another grant called Erasmus to study at the George Enescu National University of Arts, in Iași, Romania. Read more>>

Yuko Royston

I was raised by traditional and strict parents and focused majority of my life chasing an academic and social success. However, I always questioned the way of living seeking for approvals from everyone and everywhere. I felt my own voice or ideas were not valuable enough. Read more>>

Malia Gerold

I have always been a creative at heart. After graduating college, working full time and having a baby I felt I was missing my creative outlet. On a whim, I purchased some organic swaddle blankets, plant-based indigo dye and threw myself into the Shibori dying process. After seeing the finished product, I was hooked. Read more>>

Min Heo

After graduating, I was lucky enough to have a few freelance jobs here and there. However, as time went on, I experienced the classic freelance struggle of not having work come in consistently. And it was hard to hold on while seeing my peers go on to get jobs at cool studios and book amazing clients. I wondered if different paths might be better and I tried teaching kids, going into UI design and even moving to New York for a change of pace. Read more>>

Federica Campagnari

My passion for Art is imprinted in my genes. Art and music are in both sides of my family. My mother was my first art teacher. She personally knew artists of the new Italian Avangard such as Emilio Vedova and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the poet founder of the Futurism movement. When I went to Middle School and High School through University, Art classes in Italy played a key role in my course of study. Read more>>

Austyn de Lugo

I never considered a career in the arts, but after spending my late teens and early-20s in community college classes trying on different fields of study (political science, feminist studies, theater, sociology, and art history to name a few), I ended up deciding that art school was what I wanted to do. I moved from Orange County to Chicago and attended the American Academy of Art, where I earned my BFA in oil painting. The Academy focused very specifically on technical ability and realism, but I was not conceptually challenged much during my time there. Read more>>

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