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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.

Dawn Miralle

I’ve been successful in almost any class or any job is that I’m constantly problem solving and improvising. That has always been my super power- problems solving. No matter what the situation or circumstances, I figure out a way to make it work, to succeed. Read more>>

Asavari Kumar

I was craving creative stimulus and felt a strong need to develop my voice as an independent artist. This brought me to Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue my very own version of the American dream. I got my MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts in 2014. Read more>>

Paul Roustan

The intention of the work is not to objectify the human body, but to celebrate the painted subject whether it’s a strong, confident, independent woman or a man. Everyone wants to be special, and what’s interesting is regardless of the height, weight, shape, size, the gender of the model, he/she is radiating with uniqueness. Read more>>

Joshua Beliso

I started in clay, then stone, and glass. Basically, I took all the sculpture classes I could take, and I took them all at least three times. It became clear to me after that point that I needed to switch directions. So I transferred to Otis College of Art and Design and just went to it. Read more>>

Jose Angel Hernandez

Some people call it a midlife crisis and others call it a journey and for me it began at the age of 43, the year 1999. The Y2K (Year 2000) commotion set the stage for reflecting on my life up to that moment and modified the narrative for me to become an artist. I called my rebirth words and colors, an endeavor of public speaking and visual art. After 18 years of struggles and success, exploring and defining my style, and building bodies of work representative of me as an artist, I feel I have found my place in Los Angeles art scene at least for the moment. Read more>>

Nichole Blackburn

I was never a great student, but I was a really good artist. In high school I would ditch all my classes to go to the art studio where my favorite teacher, Mr. Kooper, taught at Redondo Union High School. Mr. Kooper saw my dedication. He encouraged me to create a portfolio, which eventually got me a scholarship to Otis College of Art and Design’s Young Artist Program. At Otis I learned quickly about drawing from live nude models and not being shy about it (easier said than done at 15 years old.) In the beginning, I would sketch shorts on all my drawings of the male models. Read more>>

Eric Michael

Eric Michael was born and raised in the humble streets of Caricuao, a district of Caracas, Venezuela. In 1995 he migrated to the United States in search of the coveted American Dream. Growing up, he worked hard to adapt to his new home without losing sight of his roots. The internal struggle of bridging cultural differences without undermining either one’s significance, created the foundation for his work. Eric Michael is a contemporary artist exploring the use of various materials and iconography as he creates thought-provoking images that address an array of issues affecting humanity. Read more>>


I started singing when I was 4 years old, in the church choir in Northern California. My parents exposed me to gospel and jazz music, but I also gravitated to soul and hip hop. I began writing music when I was 16 years old. After high school, I relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. Since living in Los Angeles, I’ve worked with, written for, and have been featured on many songs and albums from artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Gladys Knight, TGT (Tank, Ginuwine, and Tyrese), Snoop Lion, and Syd (from the “Internet”) to name a few. Read more>>

Greg “Craola” Simkins

I am an artist I creating paintings for various museums, galleries, private commissions and licensing projects around the world. The name “Craola” is my graffiti name which I took on in 1992 when I began my journey. Read more>>

Elizabeth Munzon

I struggled to find, “my thing”, something that inspired my work, but I finally had my moment of inspiration when traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico one holiday season. I met an indigenous woman who was selling her paintings on tree bark paper. Read more>>

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