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Thought-Provokers from the Valley

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

Gabriel Avram

Every photo of mine has its own message, but I love the quote that says “Art is what you make others see,” so everyone can see something different in my photos, there’s no right or wrong interpretation to them, it’s just something personal. I really like the idea of being able to make someone feels something just by looking at my photos. Read more>>

Robert Gunderman

Two months after leaving Otis, I opened my first gallery, and subsequently three more galleries/exhibition spaces. I continued to quietly make paintings while running my galleries, having shown them once about 20 years ago, under the pseudonym Floyd Claypool. Read more>>

Kasey Williams

I had no idea what job I wanted to do in the animation pipeline, so I just took any test that came my way- storyboards, character design, prop design, color styling- and through that I realized that I really, really liked color styling  Color styling, also called color design, is essentially designing the colors for everything on the screen that moves. Read more>>

Crystal Palace

I have a myriad of mental health issues, so I’m no stranger to psych wards and outpatient facilities. Artistic expression and creating have been my life support when I’m in those dark and manic head spaces, so I relished my journey to Los Angeles because I knew I was going to start a new chapter in my life full of possibilities. Read more>>

Lilli Passero

This introduction ended up changing the course of my entire life. Robert taught me about energy and faith and what huge roles those things play not only in life but especially in the life of an artist. An impenetrably strong foundation of knowledge, both musical and spiritual, was laid for me and has carried me through every moment of my life since. Read more>>

Taylor Bray

After doing it for almost ten years, I started getting pretty good, being one of the top students in my middle school and then high school art classes. I was around sixteen at this point, and my parents started getting on me about career choices. My dad, also an artist, told me if I wanted to get serious about a creative career I should start taking figure drawing classes. Read more>>

EmmoLei Sankofa

The marching band and large ensembles were a huge part of my life growing up and all the way through college really. If you listen closely to my work, you can hear the influence in the way I create and arrange music which brings me to how I even started doing so. Read more>>

Livio Ramondelli

I really enjoy playing with the atmosphere in my work. I’m a huge Ridley Scott fan, and I love the sense of realism and believability he’s able to convey in anything he creates- from sci-fi to ancient historical settings. It’s that kind of aesthetic that I try to strive for in my work- to create a believable place and an environment that suggests a lot of unspoken stories. Read more>>

Kyla Bullings

I have worked with and met so many beautiful artists and got the honor to train with brilliant choreographers. I’ve had my fair share of rejection throughout my journey, but it only has made me stronger and grow into the woman I want to be. It made me appreciate the wins I had. I am a dancer, but I am also a creator. And I couldn’t be more thankful for where I am today. Read more>>

Catharina Sukiman

I thought that if I have to do something for the rest of my life, I might as well choose something that nobody had to ever force me to do. I didn’t really consider or know what industry I wanted to be in and I got very lucky that I chose the animation major where I found like-minded companions and teachers who guided me into the right path. Read more>>

Aaron Batugo

There are many moods that come with my music, sometimes it’s fun, and other times I’m trying to convey more of my deeper thoughts. Any release I put out whether it’s sad, fun, or anything in between, I hope the listener felt connected in some way like you’re not alone and we’re all going through it. Read more>>

Xiaoxiao Cao

Ballet has been my life since I was ten years old when I enrolled in the Guangzhou Art School in China. I graduated at 16, joined the Guangzhou Ballet in 2005, and became a Soloist in 2011. One year later, I moved to New York to dance with the Roxey Ballet. Read more>>

Lynnda Rakos

Drawing inspiration from my collection of hundreds of vintage toy robots, I created a world of whimsical, characters that bring us back to the era when the Flintstones and the Jetsons were primetime. Inspired by mid-century art and popular culture, I invent universes inhabited by creatures that make you smile. Read more>>

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