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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.

Kiki Polo

My love of photography started at an early age because my mom’s hobby was photography. I always carried a camera with me before digital or cell phones were a thing. Read more>>

Randi Zafman

I freelanced and worked in-house, and did everything from traditional graphics to illustration for giftware and stationery companies. I’ve done artwork for unusual things things like boxer shorts and credit cards to more typical products like food labels and greeting cards. Read more>>

Jason Yokobosky

My still photography career began and currently includes shooting commercial advertising, professional athletes, models, actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, and landscapes… Read more>>

Naiia Lajoie

Fate is a funny thing: supposedly while I was in utero, my mother used to watch her daytime soaps, rub her belly and say (in her Filipino accent), “You’re going to grow up to be just like Brooke Shields”. Read more>>

Cuñao

Cuñao is a Latin Folk band infused with South American flavor, but its full influences span the world. Members hail from many different places around the world, a kind of band that can only come together in a place like Los Angeles. Read more>>

Zach Christy

When I was a child, my mother worked as a writer and introduced me to commercial sets and advertising. She taught me the importance of story and how that could be seen in plays, books, films and other visual arts. Read more>>

Stephanie Stromenger

I used to associate artists with those wacky art teachers in high school who never really made a career out of out. But I discovered commercial arts junior year of high school, and was set to pursue that career path and make a living out of it! Read more>>

Ave Pildas

I was formally trained in Swiss design, but I developed an early love for photography in the 60’s, photographing jazz greats like Nina Simone and John Coltrane for Downbeat Magazine. Read more>>

Jeff Davis

Jeffrey Davis got his start in computer art and design at a very young age. After award-winning work in his youth had left him inspired, he found himself immersed in computer programming and Graphic Design at the University of Maryland. Read more>>

Allyson Magda

For 14 years I was a serious student of classical piano, I truly believe it gave me the discipline to be where I am today. Eventually I earned my degree in Fine Art and Art History from UC Santa Cruz. Read more>>

Christina Winsor

My story as an artist is a bit of a recent and welcomed explosion that has blown open doors I never thought I could open. Creativity has always been something I’ve felt most at home with. Growing up, every sign pointed toward pursuing a career path related to art, but I was always afraid to make an attempt at turning that passion into a living because it was so unknown. Read more>>

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