HIDDEN ROOMS // PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
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ABCNT is a sociopolitical activist/anarchist, the product of mid-nineties expressionism and new-millennium activism, who describes himself as “[a] real west coast hip-hop fanatic, with a kind of militant attitude towards consciousness.” And how does he execute his expression and voice? Through avenues in politically charged street art and music.
My family and I emigrated to Los Angeles in 1975 from Apatzingan, Michoacan, Mexico. It was, in many ways, akin to traveling from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, given the rudimentary conditions to which we were accustomed. This experience – of leaving one land for another, having to constantly redefine what it means to be a human being, a man, a part of a community – is a constant and central theme within my work. I am interested in narratives and vignettes about the seemingly discarded or unimportant moments that shape our culture. I believe that these discounted moments harbor importance and, in isolating these moments, I endeavor to stimulate reflection.
LA born and raised artist Aiseborn, always knew he would be a painter. Inspired by the graffiti he saw on the streets of his neighborhood, he dedicated himself to his art from a young age. His paintings exist to defy physical boundaries and illuminate the essence of One connection among all life on Earth. Ancient spiritual art, classical art, and architecture have had a tremendous influence on him. Once the famous LA graffiti crew UTI caught sight of Aise’s work, he accepted their invitation to join them. Aiseborn’s work has been shown at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Art Share L.A., The Container Yard, the California African American Museum, LA Art Show 2018, UTI Crew’s 30th Anniversary Mural at the Westbrass building in Los Angeles and “Synthesis,” a collaborative show with Cache at Tonalli Studio.
With a deep interest in process and structure, Augustine Kofie creates works of intense detail centering order and tension in both his studio pieces and mural interventions. The precision of Kofie’s “drafted” art is inspired by mechanical drafting and the language of modern architecture and uses the paper detritus of the 20th century as building blocks. In his quest for balance, Kofie harmonizes opposing and contradictory dynamics, setting futuristic compositions against vintage earth-toned palettes and creating technically complex, meticulously structured formations through handmade line-work and layering. Active in the west Los Angeles graffiti scene since the mid-nineties and an active member of the LA graffiti crew ‘Under The Influence’, the artist’s work reflects the influence of the craft of deconstructing lettering, urban culture, contemporary Diy music, and 1960s-70s iconography to create a unique language.
Recent exhibitions include: MKNZM, Swinton Gallery, Madrid; Build From Memory, Openspace Gallery, Paris; INVENTORY, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York & SCRATCH, Getty Research Institute, ESMuseum of Art, Los Angeles.
Keith Magruder—also known as the Baker’s Son—graduated from the California College of the Arts in 2008 with a focus on Illustration. Currently he splits his time between studios located in Oakland and Los Angeles. At an early age, Keith developed a strong connection to food by helping his mother and grandmother bake cakes, pies, and bread in the kitchen. He was able to experience the joys and happiness their baked goods brought to people. Through that experience, Keith realized baking can represent much more than what appears on the surface. In exploring the origins, costs, and transformational properties of ingredients, Keith’s artwork offers an artistic commentary on the socio-political aspects of food and the relationship that people and cultures around the world share with it.
A multi-disciplinary artist, Stanton’s work takes the form of paintings, murals, large-scale installations, stained glass, mosaics, and multimedia animations. Focusing on meticulous technique and craft, Stanton’s work is heavily informed by historic ornamentation, religious iconography, and classical painting. A keen interest in iconic visual symbols and Jungian archetypes often provides the foundation for his images.
Stanton is originally from California where he studied Illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. After receiving his BFA in 2008 , he relocated to New York where continues to live and work in Red Hook, Brooklyn. His work can be seen on walls and in galleries worldwide.
David “Big Sleeps” Cavazos is an internationally renowned tattoo artist, whose unique lettering style is highly revered by devotees of body art the world over. Growing up in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, he fell victim to gang violence and spent a majority of his youth in juvenile hall, youth authority and state prison. During that time, he practiced and perfected his styles, and has evolved his lettering into another realm of self-expression in murals and paintings. He has been included in major gallery and museum exhibits such as “Scratch” at the El Segundo Museum of Art (2014), “Aftermath”exhibition At Robert Graham Gallery (2016) “Roll call” Exhibition at L.A.Louver 2016 and has collaborated with the fashion brands Hurley and Umbro to name a few. His lettering has been featured in books and magazines, most notably the Getty Research Institute’s LA Liber Amicorum. Among his list of achievements, the most important to Big Sleeps are his youth-oriented lettering/drawing workshops and seminars, which enable him to give back to the community and serve as a symbol of hope and inspiration. Big Sleeps has created his own brand, “Letters To Live By,” an independent entity devoted to lettering, tattoo, art and design.
Bisco Smith is a contemporary visual artist with roots in music, graffiti, and street art. A Los Angeles local, who currently resides and works in Queens, New York. Bisco works in a variety of formats, including canvas and large outdoor murals, and is known for his “visual freestyle”—characterized as a blend of graffiti deconstruction, gestural abstraction, and lyric-based stylewriting. Made predominantly with a black and white color palette, his art visually captures the rhythms of music and the energy of the moment through its spontaneous marks and abstracted text.
Calder Greenwood is a Los Angeles based artist who works with recycled materials. Born and raised in New York, he inherited the artistic eye of his father, an art teacher. He grew up making art, mostly out of cardboard, including props and sets for his own films. His work appears in features such as Swiss Army Man, Harbinger Down, the upcoming Nosferatu, Flying Lotus’ “Kuso,” as well as music videos for Die Antwoord, Muse and Bjork.
Chaz Bojórquez, Dave Tourjé, John Van Hamersveld, Norton Wisdom and Gary Wong, together and separately, embody the innovative, lively and rebellious spirit of Los Angeles. As diverse as the city itself, the methods and materials these reputed West Coast artists use vary widely, from Wisdom’s loose and spontaneous performance painting to Van Hamersveld’s deliberate, psychedelic graphics, and from Wong’s sophisticated paint/draw paintings to Tourjé’s reverse-painted diatribes and Bojórquez’s painterly street graffiti. What unifies these artists is their shared conviction that being raised in this sprawling metropolis fundamentally and distinctively informs and guides their art.
Cassie Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. She creates murals, drawings, sculptures, and immersive installations through which she explores concepts of play and conflict, often in regard to humanity’s relationship to the natural environment.
Chaz Bojorquez is a luminary in the old days of lawless invention and the new world of fine art’s global embrace of street art, especially in Los Angeles, who after 40 years of building a living legacy, is today more creative and prolific than ever. His career began as a graffiti writer who tagged mostly in the Arroyo Seco and Highland Park, where his “Señor Suerte” became the first known stencil tag 30 years before there was a Banksy, and was adopted by the Avenues gang as a symbol of protection they called Mr. Luck. He has pursued a refinement of these poetically vandalizing impulses between then and now — resulting in a unique combination of legible passages, invented fonts, and familiar symbols that describe, depict, and evoke the cultural and linguistic mash-up he inhabits. He is known as the Godfather of Graffiti — but he has also found success and acclaim in the adjacent realms of fine art, publishing, and design, producing work for gallery — and increasingly, institutional — contexts. Art-world success notwithstanding, his compositions tenaciously refer to the risky impulses that inspire maverick writers to festoon their cities with emblems of individual existence, contested history, political dissidence, and cultural resistance.
Christina Angelina (aka Starfighter) is a process-oriented artist. Her objective is to find the temporal and raw moments that define a lifetime and then cram all the details and nuances into one image. When she isn’t bound by professional commitments or finishing a painting in her studio you can find her wheat-pasting her drawings to the beautifully weathered and sun-stained city walls. Few creative professions convey more mystery, solitude and romance than that of a painter. Their vision is so palpable and inspiring that it makes their universe a beautiful place to visit and experience. Fine artist, street artist, photographer and producer: Angelina’s unique talent lies within every image she constructs, in every single stroke of her brush, in every color she mixes, in every mystical story behind her work. Her education varies from a BFA in Art in from UCLA to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Art Center College of Design. Most recently, Angelina completed several paintings and window dressings exclusively for Christian Louboutin at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills (the paintings have now become part of Neiman Marcus’ permanent collection). In September of 2011 she created the cover art for Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s latest album, “Area 52”. Angelina has also appeared as herself in several documentaries, films and most recently the music video for Van Hunt’s latest single, “Eyes Like Pearls,” which debuted in December on Rolling Stone.
Photo credit: Kung Fu Breakfast
Clinton Bopp was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. He left for the United States at age 19 to travel, but ended up making his home in Los Angeles.
Inspired by his new urban surroundings, Clinton continued to work and hone his skills as a painter, sculpture, and muralist. Clinton is currently working on his artwork, teaching art, and creating murals.
Darcy Yates is a So-Cal native who grew up next to the LA forest. Her artistic journey began at a young age by visual problem solving through color. Unable to shake her visual awareness, she embraced her career as an artist. Yates received her BA from California State University Northridge (CSUN) in 2013 and won “Best in Show” from CSUN’s juried art competition her Senior Year. She is now a seasoned artist and animator being shown at multiple galleries all over the United States. On top of her gallery and animations, Yates has murals throughout Los Angeles. Yates’ work captures the spirit of soul and imagination through colors and shapes. Her work evokes the feelings of a child walking through a dark and silent hallway; frightened but ceaselessly curious of what lies ahead.
Dave Tourjé’s work reflects the history and family religions of his beloved Highland Park neighborhood, where childhood was rough and wild but also colorful and lively, thanks to the hot-rod, gang, and motocross cultures that permeated the LA consciousness during his youth — especially his immersion in mural cultures of both LA and Mexico. He is known for employing various techniques, non-traditional materials, and hybrid styles into a volatile but measured vision that combines both narrative instances and abstract derivations based on his eclectic influences. He is a master of his deliberately analog and unwieldy reverse-painting technique where he gets the best of two worlds — gesture and perfection, as raw color and line assume a glossy, architectural surface. He likes to build things, too, out of wood and concrete, resin and polymers, favoring inconvenient but unforgettable handmade objects. Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Rick Griffin, Zapp Comics, and Mad Magazine were at least as big a deal to Dave as school was in forming his unique artistic identity, and his belief that a skate deck or a longboard make the perfect place to put a painting.
Los Angeles artist David Lovejoy has worked as an artist and designer since the 1980s. His early career in graphic design supported an extensive arts education at several schools and studios, focusing on ceramics and 2D/3D design.
Known primarily for his assemblage and installation work, Lovejoy repurposes existing artifacts and fragments, arranging them to form new compositions.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in California, Hawaii and Oregon and is in collections in the U.S. and Europe. He has won a few awards, and in 1993 was named one of the “Art Stars of California” by Art in California magazine. In 2015, his sculptures served as props in a short film produced by Terry Gilliam, and he was recently commissioned for several permanent installations in the new Google Canada headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario.
Davia King is an abstract expressionist artist who uses bright colors. By layering thin layers of acrylic ink and aerosol, she captures a visual interpretation of creative energy. By allowing the composition to take on a life of its own rather than try to force a preexisting idea, each piece is unique and cannot be replicated twice exactly the same way. King then enrolls the public to act as her models as she captures each person in a blind contour style while creating a moment of connection.
Davia has participated in a number of gallery shows throughout southern California. Her murals can be found on city streets from DTLA to the west side in Santa Monica. She is regularly live painting and collaborating with the public at different private and public events throughout the Los Angeles area where anyone present can become a part of her next piece.
Dytch66 is a Graffiti Artist from Los Angeles. He started doing graffiti in 1987. Over the years, he has refined his three-dimensional graffiti style and character design technique. You can find Dytch’s work in TV, film, galleries and graffiti murals around the country and abroad.
Artist Emmeric James Konrad was born on July 31st 1964, the year of the Dragon. Even as a young child Emmeric was fascinated by art, making drawings and small paintings for his relatives and friends by the time he was three. By 3rd grad, he was making and selling his own comic books at school (to make money to buy real comic books for his collection). He convinced his parents to let him take life drawing classes at age 11, and in 8th grade got a scholarship to go to the Brentwood School of Art. After high school he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served for four years before being accepted to Otis/Parsons to get his BFA. He sold his first painting his junior year. Since 1991, he has been a part of the Downtown Los Angeles art scene. He, his wife Faye and two dogs, Penny and Moggy still call DTLA home. His work has been shown all over the US, Tokyo, Munich and Cuba.
Francesca Quintano was born in Santa Monica, California in 1987. She did her undergraduate work at Tufts University/ School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Francesca is one of the artists at the Hawthorne Arts Complex in Hawthorne California. Here, she has collaborated on a mural with fellow collaborator and friend Diana Relth. Francesca is in extensive private collections as well as restaurants such as Tender Greens Santa Monica.
She has shown work through solo shows, group shows, live paintings, and a multitude of auctions and group shows, all throughout Los Angeles. She has participated in the Venice Family Clinic Art Auction, the Venice Art Crawl, Unicef NextGen Art Party and several organized shows for profit and for charities. She is currently working and living in Venice Beach, CA.
Fred Hoerr arrived in Los Angeles from Missouri in 1984 and has lived in downtown for the last twenty-seven years. Always fascinated by the ebb and flow of the streets, the imagery of the Arts District and the surrounding neighborhoods have permeated his screen prints, paintings and photography. Most recently, the L.A. River has been the focus of his photo series Riversystem. Initially inspired by its raw beauty, he’s attempted to describe a view of the unrefined quality of that environment and its natural reflection in the people who live there.
His collected prints and editions have appeared in several shows, most recently in a solo exhibition at Groundspace Projects, Los Angeles.
Gabriella grew up in Sweden and started painting and drawing at an early age, which led her to design. After exploring fashion illustration, interior and product design, she found that the graphic design and illustration field is where she belongs. This brought her to LA and Otis College of Art and Design, where she graduated with a Bachelor in Graphic Design.
Gabriella has 18 years of experience as a Graphic Designer, and has had several art exhibits where she showcased her illustrations.
Gary Wong is a profoundly confounding figure of monastic ubiquity with a penchant for character-based performance-art and Blues music. His life and his artwork are indelibly fused into a sort of performance of consciousness said to be “about jazz and baseball,” which nevertheless finds physical expression in exciting expressionistic collage, painting, photographs, and drawings. Wong like many of the Locos is assertively a perspectival exemplar more than a producer of art objects — but one who nevertheless makes gorgeous images of saturated, rough-handed elegance, and objects of visceral impact, often incorporating the symbols and signs of outsider, transnational identity into his program. Language, presence, and sound are important to Wong, for whom context and attention are the primary mediums of the esoteric dimensions of his practice, frequently deployed in support or service of colleagues and collaborators.
Distinguished and talented aesthetic stylist Guerin Swing is set to exhibit a line of uniquely custom and strategic pieces from his new lifestyle line. Born and raised in the city of Los Angeles, Guerin has made a name for himself in the street art community. Inspired by his upbringing in the City of Angels, his distinct artwork has appeared in a variety of locations across LA.
His passion for painting has proven to be a highly sought-after asset; having given him opportunities to create art for high profile clients like Tommy Lee, Halle Berry, Brittney Spears, Slash, among many others. His most recent designs have graced the cover of DesignLA magazine, showcasing his various art installations at La Peer Hotel, the first boutique hotel in the design district in West Hollywood.
INDECLINE is an Activist Art Collective founded in 2001. It is comprised of graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers and full-time rebels and activists. INDECLINE focuses on social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies.
Jacqueline Palafox’s work captures the simple beauty of life, and searches for equilibrium between nature and human behavior. She pushes her mind in some of her work by using both hands simultaneously. Growing up in Los Angeles where there is a vast diversity in art, her work, as well as the mediums she works with, are very eclectic.
James works in digital, photographic, and traditional mediums, focusing on Southern California subject matter, specifically the urban landscape, street signs, and the LA Arts District. With these sources in mind, he creates images that explore the complex system that is Los Angeles. To feed the layering processes that make up the work, he revisits the subject matter with new perspectives, techniques and an intimate understanding of working, living, and growing in Los Angeles. James’ work mixes the geographic landscapes of our city, and its diverse identities with materials to create poignant windows into an ever-changing urban center.
Jeff Ho is a Los Angeles icon. Since the late 60’s, Jeff Ho has used surfboards, skateboards, Pier Pilings, empty walls and canvas to reflect the evolving street culture in Los Angeles. Jeff and his Zephyr Team upset the status quo of surfing and skateboard by understanding the intersection of urban culture and the fine art world.
Jeff’s installation for Hidden Rooms is an expression of his understanding of the failure of urban culture and the profound isolation of the men who lived in these rooms.
Of all the factors propelling the cultural revolution of the 1960s, you could argue that none was more pervasive and evocative than the era’s iconic album covers, movie posters, and magazine illustrations.The artists and designers of the time tapped into the same broad desire for revolution, peace, beauty, adventure, freedom, and the absolutely new as the splashier on-stage performers. Among the greatest of these greats is the still-prolific, eternally iconic John Van Hamersveld. His more than 50-year career includes time as art director at Surfer Magazine and Capitol Records, and he’s responsible for a graphics pantheon that includes album art for the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour and the Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street, the Grateful Dead skull, and indelible images of surfer heaven like the oft-sampled, iconic poster for the king of all surf films, 1966’s The Endless Summer. Shepard Fairey has been known to credit his work in these interlaced worlds of surf, rock and film posters as a seminal influence his early OBEY campaign, and JVH continues to make and exhibit large-scale public artworks and editions, getting a hero’s welcome from new generations of audiences.
Johnny Cubert White is an L.A. based producer of still and motion pictures. Earning an MFA from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA in philosophy from Atlanta’s Oglethorpe University, Johnny White has spent his life creating and producing a wide variety of projects. Having begun his exploration of photography in the 1970’s, White has experimented with various mediums of the photographic image; including lenticular 3-D, 35mm, and various digital processes. He has had three one man shows in Los Angeles – links and reviews below – and sells pieces regularly.
Johnny Cubert White is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has been fortunate to have art directed and production designed for various reality television shows including The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Top Chef. He is the designer and host of the upcoming show LIARS.
Temporary Girl, the feature film White co-produced and directed with writer/actess Lisa Kotin was sold in 2004 and is available on Netflix. Included on his producing resume are independent films directed by Paula M Froehle, Laura Colella, and Hollie Lavenstein. In 2013, KLCS – Los Angeles’ local pbs – purchased sixteen episodes of Johnny White’s children’s cooking show, Kidz Kitchen. He has spent 22summers offering 16mm film production classes to students aged 10 – 17 at The Center for Gifted in Chicago.
Photo credit: Roch Armando
Using his Bachelors Degree in Studio Art, Josh Everhorn has accomplished a multitude of undertakings. Josh currently holds a high-ranking position in the exhibits department at the California
Science Center Museum in Los Angeles. He also works along side an array of international artists in his role as Director of Operations for Branded Arts.
His artwork successfully juxtaposes his subject matter with traditional and otherwise non-traditional techniques. These techniques are employed to achieve his ever-evolving style; gathering inspiration from furniture design, romanticism, traditionalism, impressionism, fashion, street art and more. His artwork and murals have been featured in several different exhibitions and projects around the world, including the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The UNICEF Next Gen Art Party, Urban Nation in Berlin, Germany, and the Vision Art Festival in Switzerland. Additionally, his passion projects have called many locations home; including several of the United States, Nicaragua, Iceland, Mexico and more. Josh’s aim is to ignite a conversation, internal or otherwise, about the role of art. By using his variety of styles in different context and locations, he strives to raise the question of “why” and “why there”.
Josh Webb aka JoeX2, is an urban artist. Previously bound to the underground subculture of municipal art, he has emerged with rapid fire in solo and group shows spanning from New York City to Miami to San Francisco. JoeX2 has served as favorite of the entertainment industry for some time with his work being seen regularly on the television shows CSI: NY, Everybody Hates Chris, and the music videos of P.Diddy, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Natasha Bedingfield and Daddy Yankee among others. He has been profiled in internationally publicized magazines such as Vapors, Style, Mass Appeal, WWD and Frank 151. Recent props came from Abort Magazine with their recommendation in a group show at LA Contemporary, “Go for the Joe” (and u can take that to Bank-sy)”, and fashion journalist Blythe Sheldon commenting on his luggage collaboration with JanSport, “First Stephen Sprouse for Louis Vuitton, now JoeX2 for JanSport”. With accounts including global heavyweights such as VFC, McDonalds and Telemundo in branding and advertising, JoeX2 is not only an underground legend but a household name. He continues to prove his unique style and vision comfortably situated between the fast track of superstardom and gully street artist.
Joseph “Nuke” Montalvo is a multidisciplinary graffiti artist who has worked in Los Angeles for over 30 years. As a UTI Crew member, he has produced several murals in LA and Mexico. Nuke grew up in Boyle Heights; as a longtime resident, he grew up listening to stories of Zoot Suiters and the life of pachucos in the 1940’s, which have inspired his installation for Hidden Rooms. He is currently working on the restoration of Earth Crew’s 1992 iconic mural, “Undiscovered America,” located in the heart of the Arts District. Nuke maintains a strong presence in LA. He has created public artwork relating to Native American cult and history for the MTA , Council Districts 12 and 14, and the City of Bell.
Jose “PRIME” Reza (K2S) is a Mexican-American graffiti artist born and raised in the Pico-Union District of Downtown Los Angeles. Prime is credited with being a founding father of Los Angeles stylized graffiti lettering, a hybrid of Cholo lettering and East Coast style graffiti that is often bold, aggressive, and monochromatic. Prime is considered one of the most influential artists in the history of Los Angeles public wall writing, combining “traditional east coast painting techniques with geometric gangster-style blocks.”
Photo credit: Jim McHugh
Kelcey Fisher, better known as KFiSH, has become a fixture in the Los Angeles art scene over the last few years with his personable, stylistic expression that is unique all on its own. The love at the foundation of Kelcey’s artistic character combined with the inspiration obtained by the surrounding eccentric culture of Los Angles can be felt at the core of his work. Juxtaposition of his signature colors and culturally relevant mixed media images provide relatable, inimitable works that evoke a sense of familiarity and accessibility from those he touches with his visual expressions.
Kelly Graval, the multi-talented fine artist, illustrator, and graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs and billboards, dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work. From his days as a student at the USC School of Fine Arts, to gallery and museum showings around the world, RISK has transformed from a street artist to a rising star in the contemporary art world.
Keya Tama is an African street artist living in Los Angeles, who has been producing murals and participating in exhibitions around the world since the age of thirteen. He is the son of celebrated street artist Faith 47 and influential tattoo artist Tyler B. Murphy. So far, he has had three solo shows, designed an international campaign for one of South Africa’s biggest clothing brands, and released three independent graphic novels. He is a multitalented artist simultaneously producing music, filming, animating, and painting walls. He aims to bring all these elements together to create a new way of storytelling.
Lisa Schulte, an American sculptor born in Long Island, New York, has mastered the many “faces” of neon, earning her the moniker, “The Neon Queen.” A woman of German, Irish, and Spanish descent, Lisa has lived the majority of her life in Los Angeles, California, while working (in some capacity) with light. After a childhood eye injury left the artist in darkness for several months of healing, the then seven year old not only emerged re-gifted with sight, she now possessed a fierce appreciation of the nuanced interactions between light and dark. After amassing experience and exposure, Lisa shifted her focus to envisioning and creating intricate, abstract designs often absent in neon, and for the last decade, Lisa has turned inward to create personal pieces she has exhibited in museums and fine art galleries nationwide. This includes work exploring the artist’s passion for organic forms; work that provokes a broader dialogue pertaining to relativity and environmental adaptation. Lisa Schulte has merged artistic genres by collaborating with contemporary artists such as RISK, Gregory Siff and Cleon Peterson. In 2017, working with illustrator Brendan Donnelly, the artist constructed a vibrant, celebratory neon sign for Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, which is currently on display in downtown Los Angeles.
Marcel “SEL” Blanco is best recognized by his graffiti art influenced murals which evoke emotion and thought through the use of color, narrative imagery and movement; creating an urban fantasy that reflects the vibrancy of our times.
His foundation began in the early 80’s as an illustrator for local punk bands, designing logos, stickers and t-shirts. Shortly after he discovered New York Graffiti Art which greatly influenced his work and in 1984 he joining the WCA (West Coast Artists) crew, one of seminal graffiti crews in Los Angeles. This is when he develop his love of painting walls as he ran around the city putting up his moniker. He then shifted into graphic design and art direction in the music and entertainment industries. Working on CD packaging and marketing material, which impacted his art by his eye for composition and color getting developed from a new perspective.
Today his work expresses an introspective reflection and a sense of individual wonder that connects with the audience beyond the aesthetics. Through his exploration of focused hooded figures that seem to be searching or a bird flying free as if just released, the expression in his work is undeniable. The drips, splatters and tags of his graffiti influence construct his backgrounds creative a chaotic symphony of color and swirls supporting the clarity and definition of the figures in front, allowing the observer to get lost in texture and color while exploring their own emotional interpretation of the piece.
Involved with the Graffiti Art movement since 1987, Man One began his artistic journey on the streets of Los Angeles tagging and leaving his trademark of bold, colorful aerosol strokes as he searched for his artistic purpose. After completing his B.A. degree in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University, his newly inspired passion began to change the way the world interpreted graffiti and urban art. His bright and colorful murals made their way into the underground urban art movement pioneering the evolution of graffiti as an art form, not a negative statement of culture. Today, his artwork now reaches internationally having been featured in venues throughout the world. To date, his artwork has been showcased in over 50 group exhibitions domestically and internationally, numerous solo exhibits, and displayed at many museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Getty Research Institute, and the Smithsonian. He is also the founder of Crewest, L.A.’s first full time urban art gallery (2002-2012) and continues to represent and support artists through his newest venture Crewest Studio.
Maria Greenshields-Ziman is a multidisciplinary fine artist, who is equally at home working on large-scale street murals or smaller scale detailed work in her studio practice. Born in England, she now lives and works in LA.
Her chosen materials include steel, wood, wax and paper as well as painting and illustrative drawing.
Maria draws her inspiration from the complexity of nature. Her work is a discursive inquiry into its unpredictability and fragility.
Mark Dean Veca lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles in 1985. Veca has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions internationally at venues including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York City; The Drawing Center, New York City; Bloomberg Space, London, UK; Instituto Cultural de Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico; and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.
He received fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts in 1998, 2002, and 2008, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2006, and a City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Grant in 2011. His work has been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, Artforum, Art in America, Art Review, Juxtapoz, and Hi Fructose.
After many years as a director/cinematographer of television commercials, Mark changed directions to still photography as it was what fueled him creatively. “I am drawn to the intimate nature of still photography as it allows me to get right in there, one-on-one, with someone to get to their essence, their true personality. That’s what drives me.”
Michael Torquato deNicola is a world traveling and award winning surfer, artist and filmmaker.
Mike grew up making sense of the world through surfing and art. Born and raised in Southern California, he is a life long surfer with much of his inspiration coming from the Ocean and his experiences around the globe in locations such as Indonesia, Iceland, Samoa, Peru, The Galapagos Islands and more.
Mike started surfing at the age of 12 and was competing with the US team by age 19. As the first pro surfer from the US team to graduate from College, he learned to negotiate between his athletic and creative pursuits, and the business of surf.
Mike has always designed the work on his surfboards, but it was only when he started traveling and competing internationally that his work developed into the style it is today. Mike’s boards tell the story of his relationship with the Oceans from around the globe. If Mike’s surf style can be called fluid his large and colorful mixed media pieces resonate the same fluidity in a layered collage of rhythms, patterns and forms.
Originally born and raised in New York City, Moncho1929 has lived and worked in London, Italy, Korea and currently in Los Angeles. Through all of these transitions he has continued to be influenced by modern media and the urban artwork surrounding it.Moncho1929 has had shows for his works in various galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami and London.
Apart from having work in many private collections across the world including the French Consulate in Los Angeles and Soho House., he has also been previously commissioned by NBC, Paramount Pictures ( Star Trek Beyond ), The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Co., Whole Foods Market Corporate, a national commercial for the global investment giant Invesco, The City of Glendale California, The City of West Hollywood, CA, a national campaign for New Amsterdam Spirits Co. and the Los Angeles Public Library.
His murals, art and story were recently featured in an on-air story with CNN Espanol and his work has been archived with the Los Angeles Mural Conservancy and the Google Street Art Project, used by The University of Southern California, numerous television shows and national media outlets.
Mr. Trixter, a Los Angeles native, began doing graffiti and graffiti art in 1990. Being the son of an artist, he began experimenting with different mediums at an early age and discovered his passion for the arts through the cultures of skateboarding and hip-hop. During his years as assistant art director for campus advertising at SFSU (San Francisco State University) Mr. Trixter further carved his mark on the greater west coast and global graffiti and graffiti art scene. Majoring in graphic design helped develop his career in the arts and in 1999 became a member of the world famous graffiti crew / artist collective WCA (West Coast Artists) and has since spread his creative talents from coast to coast and overseas working in the fields of art, fashion, design, film and music. A true renaissance man. His list of clients include companies like Guess, Nike, Miss Sixty, Energie, Scion/Toyota, HBO and Showtime. Mr. Trixter’s art appears in numerous movies, commercials and music videos for recording artists such as Usher, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Lil Bow Wow, 311, 50 Cent, Christina Aguilera and Macy Gray. Since making the transition from the street to the gallery his work has been displayed in San Francisco’s MOMA at the Yuerba Buena Center, The Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles and several galleries coast to coast .
Currently living In Los Angeles, Mr. Trixter continues his career in the arts doing freelance graphic design, scenic art, fine art and commission art projects.
As a an Alchemist of the streets, Mimo MYMO Mali’s present body of work utilizes public space depicting celestial messages. She practices mixed-media experimenting with a vast range of material, while consistently developing new possibilities of aesthetic expression. She applies the phrase “up-cycling art” in reference to the repurposed, recycled objects and materials that find new life and meaning in her pieces. Combining layers of fabric, images from old books, crystals and chemical reactions that complement inventive patterns, abstract elements, geometric shapes, portals and The Rainbow Warriors. Her mediums of choice include; assemblage, installation, animation, collage, canvas work and large-scale murals. MYMO’s profound style has brought her international and commercial success including; exhibitions in numerous galleries worldwide, advertisements and designing products for popular brands, working in film and television, mural commissions in many well known locations, being featured in many publications with spreads in Art Rojo Magazine, IdN Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Lodown Magazine, and made the front cover story for Art Monthly Australia.
Her murals and festival installations have become urban shrines of sorts, known to remove energy blocks and lift spirits. One such mural in a township in Cape Town has become a popular meeting place for locals. In LA groups gather in front to take selfies and hangout.
Slovenian born visual artist and filmmaker Nataša Prosenc Stearns’ work ranges from single and multi-channel videos, video installations and films to print media. She is known for creative use of non-gallery spaces and large multi-channel projections.
Nataša graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and moved to Los Angeles on a Fulbright Grant for her MFA at CaArts. Her work has been featured at ARCO Madrid, in Tel Aviv Museum of Art, at SXSW, Melbourne Film Festival, RedCat, Brooklyn Film Festival and Venice Biennale among others.
Photo credit: Cigdem Akbay
Nicholas Bonamy was born and raised in Los Angeles and knew early on that he wanted to pursue a career in art. He graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2003 with a BFA in Illustration. After graduating, he began a career in freelance illustration and graphic design. In 2006, Nicholas’ focus switched to production design, where he participated in several independent projects for film and internet release, and added set design, scenic painting, carpentry, and set and prop fabrication to his growing list of skills. In 2012, Nicholas took a break from the movie business to focus on his roots in painting. Since then, Nicholas has been committed to producing large and small scale mixed media works inspired by Los Angeles and the people and places he grew up with. His work reflects a layered approach that seeks to show the textures of life, living and working in Los Angeles.
Norton Wisdom calls himself an anti-war activist before an artist or performer, and following his studies at Berkeley, he also had a whole career as a decorated and legendary coastal lifeguard. Despite being a student and lifelong practitioner of painting, he’s spent the last decade or so focusing on his performance art, taking his live-painting improv act on the road in collaborations with musicians like Banyan, Lili Haydn, Nels Cline and Llyn Foulkes. But the political and frequently sexed-up pictures resulting from the live shows are just the most public part of Wisdom’s story. He’s dedicated his career to exploring the infinite possibilities of an abstract structure, the proscenium/rectangle and the way its five-part shape yields endless variations. Since the late 1960s, Wisdom has been tirelessly, unendingly rendering this shape in pure color, expressively distressed surfaces, and collages made with images both found and cannibalized from his own canvases. This is in pursuit of a practice he first undertook way back up in the Bay Area, when he experienced an epiphany in which he envisioned a solo, steady, private studio practice as a form of peaceful, Buddhist-inflected social protest. He still paints every day.
Ralph Ziman was born in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, at Joseph Gross Gallery in Tuscon, AZ, and C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, CA, as well as group exhibitions at the National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn NY, C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, CA, and the FNP Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Focusing on the collective unconscious of Los Angeles, Ryan Graeff, aka Restitution Press, aims to provoke and challenge the status quo to improve and be a catalyst for change, through screen printing posters and zines on newsprint.
Photo credit: Jim McHugh
Russell ‘BOOH’ Ramirez is a veteran San Fernando Valley graffiti artist who started painting wildstyle graffiti in the late eighties. Booh is from the legendary valley crew TCF (The Chosen Few) with other crew members Mystic/Look, Nyse, Rage, Sync, Phever, Krush, Eklips among others. TCF and the famous AWR crew eventually merged together. He has worked as a Scenic Artist for Warner Bros. Studios. He is a dedicated illustrator, painter and experimentalist in all forms of his thoughts and execution.
P.rose arose out of love on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. Although her family left the Rez, she kept the indigenous spirit. Surrounded by brilliant scientists, engineers, lawyers and artists, she engaged in a multidisciplinary interest at a young age. Having qualities from both left and right brain, she is a storyteller looking to create beauty. RhoX earned a BFA from JMU and a M.Architecture at Sci-Arc. Her Architectural Imagination bridges a gap in community communication to guide our future education. With a tuned ability to help clients with their ‘identity’ without losing the moral of the story; her work continues to reflect on the state of change toward a better earth. Her work has been seen in LA’s Pacific Design Center, Sci-Arc, Angel City Brewery, as well as VA, Bosnia, and Spain. Published as essayist in LA, editor in Miami, poet in New Zealand, and as a subject in the Netherlands. A Humanist.
Robert ‘Sticky’ Shaw was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA. Having struggled with learning disabilities growing up, in high school, he turned to art as an escape from the traditional school structure. He thrived on the creative freedom he was finally allowed and has made art the most important aspect of his life ever since. However, if you ask his friends to define him, not all of them know him as Sticky the Artist. To many others he is All-Access Sticky, going from one gig to the next and mingling with the biggest musicians of the moment. Still, to others, he is Sticky the Snowboarder, constantly out of town at some amazing mountain like Mammoth, Whistler, or Breckenridge. He’s always on some fantastic adventure to who-knows-where but art and his family will always bring him home.
Sarah Keliher Walsh is a landscape painter and photographer whose work is inspired by the perception of movement, space and memory. Working primarily with oil paint, watercolor and instant film, Walsh enjoys using the unpredictability of instant photography to inform her paintings and visa versa. Having recently expanded into video and projection, Walsh combines moving and still pictures to create dreamlike environments that speak to our memories of childhood and the influence “place” has on our sense of selves. Walsh received her BFA from Cal State Long Beach and lives and works in Los Angeles.
Shrine On is a Los Angeles born Trash Alchemist. Head Groundskeeper at The Haunted Shack Sculpture Gardens in Pasadena, CA. Founder of The Empire Of Love. Dedicated to disrupting the cult of sameness for over 40 years.
Sma Litzsinger is a self taught visual artist based in Downtown Los Angeles. Working primarily in ink, she combines elements of ancient symbolism, traditional ethnic war paint, religion and mythology form a wide variety of world cultures, repurposed on thrifted 19th century photographs. Sma has exhibited throughout the Los Angeles area including Copro Gallery, The Hive Gallery, The Last Bookstore and the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. She is currently a resident artist at The Hive Gallery and Studios.
Spencer “SERF” Emmons is a grafitti artist from Los Angeles. As a teenager, SERF was influenced heavily by New York City’s vibrant Hip Hop Scene as well as growing up a second generation surfer in the 80s. SERF’s inclusion into the TCF Crew in 1988 helped to shape his style thru influences from his Crew Founders WISE and RAGE. His more recent freehand geometric 3D work can be seen on walls around Los Angeles. And he still surfs..
Stephen Seemayer is a Los Angeles-born painter, filmmaker and performance artist. In a career spanning four decades, he has mounted performances and exhibitions at galleries and museums across the United States. Using controversial imagery and materials — such as aborted fetuses, raw meat and masks on fire — Seemayer’s early films, performances and photographs confronted his audience with the question of what it means to be human in a dehumanizing world. Moving to a loft on Central Avenue in the mid-1970s, Seemayer was among the pioneers of the Downtown Los Angeles art scene. His documentary film “Young Turks” chronicles those early days and is available on iTunes and other digital platforms. Seemayer’s latest documentary, Tales of the American, premiered at the Downtown Independent in March 2018, and will be available on DVD and streaming this summer.
Susan Feldman is a mixed media artist, working primarily with found wood while also using a wide variety of other materials such as yarn, string, photography, and plexiglass. Her current series of work began as an inspiration from her meditation practice and her yearning to rise UP. By creating ladder-like frameworks and weaving various layers of wood, yarns, and imagery, she addresses the many perceived layers that are involved in the spiritual “moving up” process. What began as an exploration into that aspect of her spiritual practice over time branched out to combine her love of architecture and building, and has led her into further construction of structural pieces that are both 3D sculptures, wall works, and installations.
Susan maintains a studio at the Beacon Arts Building in Inglewood, CA, and has been showing her work for over 30 years at various galleries throughout California and New York, including the Craft And Folk Art Museum and Descanso Gardens.
Tanner Goldbeck lives and works in downtown Los Angeles. Originally from Baltimore, he graduated from The Maryland Institute College of art with a BFA, continued studying art at The Joe Kubert School in New Jersey and relocated to Santa Barbara to work for the Powell Peralta skate company in 1998. In 2005, he moved to downtown Los Angeles and started working for West Coast Choppers in Long Beach. Tanner is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and exhibits his work in the Los Angeles area. Continuing to work internationally with clients as well as building a body of work for solo shows, the work that he creates draws from both sides of the spectrum and pushes boundaries between commercial and fine art disciplines.
Teale Hatheway is a Los Angeles-based artist exploring the intersection of observation, recollection and architecture. Her mixed-media paintings and installations explore the theory that environments are remembered as compilations of elements with which we develop emotional or intellectual connections. She extracts details (such as pattern, color, form and texture) from the urban environment and utilizes them to inspire recognition of or connection to place. The results are layered, fragmented representations which convey the way we frame, archive, and recall our physical surroundings. These symbolic landscapes help satisfy Teale’s search for connectedness and enhance the way we experience our environment.
VALTD is an international art duo originally from Los Angles using acrylic, oil, graphite, laser-jet, lithograph, silkscreen, spray paint, paint pens, 3D & Post FX digital mediums. VALTD combines their personal & professional experiences in drawing, painting, photography, film, graphic design, surf/skate art, contemporary art, architecture & industrial design. Having lived in Europe for the last two+ years, VALTD has been able to gather inspiration from the chaos, beauty, history and culture of both the new and old World. VALTD is happy to now be back in their home town of LA, bringing their vision to an even wider audience.
Vanessa was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States as a teenager. She received her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. She usually makes work that is low tech, human scale. Her work possesses a sense of muchness that is not manufactured. She is interested in things that are profoundly handmade and things that are sustainable to the environment. Exploring the element of play is a common theme in her work. She currently lives and works in Santa Monica, CA.