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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.

Petty Chavez

We had been artists in our own right for many years when we met onstage at a Bowie tribute gig in 2013. Celia has released several albums of her music while touring extensively as a backing singer with Pink, Julia Fordham, and now Enrique Iglesias. Simon made his British alt-country band Minibar’s debut album with T Bone Burnett and toured the greater part North America backing up Pete Yorn. Read more>>

Suzanne Landis

I’m a third-generation photographer, as well as a third-generation Los Angeleno. Yes, a rarity! My grandfather was a businessman, but he was a photographer and filmmaker. And, he even had an active role in starting AFI. My mom, his daughter, was a published travel photographer. You could say I was destined to be a photographer. I specialize in lifestyle, portrait and event photography. Read more>>

Zilai Feng

I thought I was never going into the field of animation since I was a kid because it involves too much repetitive work until I ended up in the Character Animation program at Calarts. I graduated there in 2017, with a few student films, some of which got into some festivals. I worked a year after that and decided to go to grad school. Read  more>>

Efflam Mercier

If you asked me what my story was, just four years ago, it would have been different. I would have told you about growing up in the countryside of Brittany, France, said you how I started making art with 3D software. Instead, I want to fast forward to a transformative moment; Arriving in America. Read more>>

Stephanie Wang

I grew up watching a lot of cartoons and animated films, which sparked my love for art and drawing, but it never crossed my mind that actual people created them! When it was time to apply to colleges, I decided to pursue a career in the medical field because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and that was what many members of my family did. I also thought of art as only a hobby, not a career path. Read more>>

Angelo Vivo

I’m a singer, songwriter, dancer, and martial artist, originally from the Bay Area. With music being my biggest passion, I found my niche in the Pop, R&B, and Soul genres, with some of my influences being Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Usher, and John Legend. At the early stages of my music journey, I grooved and sang along to karaoke songs, which led to a rhythmic flow of singing in my church’s choir, starring in musicals, and writing and performing original songs. Read more>>

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