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.
I’m a Mexican-American filmmaker, born, raised, and based in the South Bay. When I was growing up, art was more of a hobby than a serious pursuit. My parents are both in the medical field, so I grew up thinking that my calling was also to have a career in medicine. They were very supportive of my interests, however, and also introduced me to dance, music, theatre, and photography. Read more>>
I fell into music when I was “discovered” singing karaoke at a bar a few hundred yards from my house in Playa del Rey. Two months later, I took the stage with a band for the very first time in my life, opening for country legend John Michael Montgomery in front of thousands of people at the Fort Bliss Army base in El Paso, TX. Read more>>
Everything around me is my inspiration; I like to be curious about people, places and things, most of my art has a story behind it, a message I want to send to the people that get exposed to it. I like contrasts, symbolism, abstraction, meaning while at the same time I like simplicity without losing clarity. Read more>>
My art is best described as a fusion of soul, rock, Reggae, and R&B. I write music inspired by personal and other people’s experiences that incite emotion within me. My goal is always to create art that people can relate to and impact someone, even if its one person. Read more>>
My family life was kind of wild growing up. It made me focus on doing things that would get me out of that environment, and that ended up being education and art. I grew up in Gardena, in the Harbor Area of Los Angeles. I was raised by my single parent mom, the oldest of 3 kids. Read more>>
I started to find my rhythm out here, and in 2015 after working a design job and simultaneously building up my fan base, I took the leap into full-time art. Navigating this career is still a struggle at times, but it has been worth it. Read more>>
I use photography as a means to inspire and uplift others. I want my work to evoke an emotion, and promote a creative and inspiring atmosphere. I like to use a sense of motion in my work. To create a fleeting moment. To make you stop, look, think, feel. Read more>>
It was the first time that I understood how art could powerfully reveal something about ourselves and our reality. I took a few more classes, I got back into making art after a 10-year break, and I really took time to think about what I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>
There is never a shortage of inspiration in Southern California, so I try to carry my camera with me at all times for this reason! I find that the photos I take often evoke the mood I was feeling when I captured them, and I’d like to think that this translates to others as well. Read more>>
The history of me as an artist comes from being in the industry at an early age. I was an actor, I was a dancer, I was a performer. I was one of the best. There wasn’t anything I couldn’t do. But the business taught me early that it was cutthroat. You got to have tough skin or it will eat you up and spit you out. Read more>>