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

Maggie Lomeli

My story as a printer started in school at Otis College of Art and Design when my focus was set on abstract painting. I was taking Printmaking classes and found that it offered me outlets hard to realize in my tenuous relationship with painting: the structured process of the medium felt like a relief to me compared to the seemingly subjective painting work I was doing. I loved to experiment, I loved to tenaciously problem solve, and I loved being able to master a skill. Read more>>

Lorenzo Crump

My name is Lorenzo Crump and I am Latinx and part of the LGBTQ+ community! Throughout my childhood, I always drew. From finger painting to off-brand colored pencils. Sometimes it became an escape from reality, especially during middle school which were one of the hardest years to get through. Dealing with a sudden housing move, a change of school, and bullying. I hid myself since the real me were called hateful things. Read more>>

Sarah Elly

I have always been eager to use just about any medium I could get my hands on, whether it was painting, sewing, 8mm cameras, miniatures, etc.. From an early age I knew that this meant I would have some type of career in the arts, but I never knew exactly what it would be. Fast forward and I think my work still reflects that enthusiasm for everything under the sun and that indecisiveness has worked to my advantage in many ways. Read more>>

Trisha Suting

I am from India and was very fortunate to grow up living in different parts of the world. For many years, I actually had dreams of pursuing a career in medicine – I loved watching animated films and taking art classes but I only ever saw it as a hobby. However, during my high school years, I became increasingly stressed due to the workload and began to draw more and more as a means to escape. Read more>>

Julie Cabral

I started making art when I was in high school. I never thought creating could lead to a professional career. I decided to attend CalArts, where I learned a lot about my creative process. I traveled to Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Mexico City and learned about the culture. Read more>>

Felix Xiao-Yu Wang

I’m a San Francisco-born Chinese-American lesbian artist/career woman, living and working in Los Angeles. Currently, I’m working in museum education, and I want to be a voice pushing to make art education more accessible. Before I became comfortable with myself as a gay artist, I tried so hard to be a straight scientist. I initially aimed to be a neuroscience major and even had experience doing lab work (histology) at a rat brain lab. Read more>>

Marty “MARØ” Rod

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My parents met as actors at the University of Tehran in Iran and ended up visiting the U.S. in 1978 to stay with my uncle and improve their English. Long story short, within a few months of their visit, the revolution started in Iran, my mother became pregnant with my older brother, and suddenly flying back home to Tehran didn’t seem like such a great idea. Read more>>

Sonia Yim

I’m a designer, hand-letterer, illustrator and YouTuber based in Northern California. To quickly talk about my journey, I used to be a full-time mom working in an accounting industry. I actually never went to art school or got any design-related training. My art journey began when I quit my full-time job and became a stay-at-home-mom. Read more>>

Manjushree Nomulwar

Growing up in India, I was always an artist creating, designing, making things. When I was young, I started doing henna as fun for my family and friends during weddings and parties and everyone loved my work. I was doing it only as a hobby at the same time pursuing my career in finance. After completing my education, I worked as a Financial Analyst for a couple of years. Read more>>

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