A sincere thank you to all of our exhibiting artists for every amazing piece that everyone in our community was able to experience! It was a pleasure to see a glimpse into your unique worlds and to feel the connections made with one another. Artists, you all are thoroughly applauded!
Bio: "This painting called La Frida represents the icon Frida was. The way Frida looked, dressed, painted and expressed her self-made her a one-of-a-kind.
The Second piece is my Self Portrait (El Artista). This painting represents my journey and struggles of being an artist. Struggles an artist goes through to show his art to the world. The late nights, the time alone painting, and the doubts."
My dream is to become an illustrator. I am currently teaching myself watercolor, a medium I have always loved. My submitted illustrations are my creations from a few fun and exciting
projects I am currently working on.
My name is Daniel Amador, I've been drawing since high school. One day, my uncle asked me what was I waiting for. He claimed that I should pick up a paint brush instead of a pencil.
After that I became pretty much hooked onto painting.
I have been working as a wood finisher for 3+ years and I have incorporated my knowledge in wood and lacquers to bring you the skateboard that I submitted. I think of jackets as blank canvases that
only my imagination limits what I can do.
These two pieces show some of my work that I have done. I highly appreciate the opportunity to present my pieces to the community, to bring something different to the art world.
Both of the following pieces have been worked from life, meaning not from photographs and on location. "Summer on Telegraph Road" was worked on location during the month of July. Countless hours during the 4:00pm - 5:30pm sunlight. Many days of the week were dedicated to produce what it now has become. "Study of a Skull" is just a still life trying to capture the essence of life in color in contrast of a skull which symbolizes the after life. Observational painting is what I enjoy, because it not only forces you to use your eyes but to have a sense of your surroundings as well. Thank you.
My name is Marlyn Barrios, I am a 25 year old Los Angeles Artist. I was raised in Los Angeles, California where I lived in the same block as the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia. At the age of 10 I attended the Watts Towers Art Center and was a student in the art and piano classes. I learned a lot about animation, drawing , clay projects, and painting. My family ended up moving a couple miles away, and I stopped attending the classes. I did not give up my love for art, but I was unable to continue taking classes.
Drawing has always been my escape in reality and something I love to do on my free time. I started drawing only in pencil, then I transferred my art to canvas . My art work is mostly abstract and flowers and Most of my art is done in acrylic paint. I am a fan of Frida art so i decided to paint one of my own, it is my first time using wallpaper as a background.The second painting is My Sweet Nectar Lover which was inspired by my love for hummingbirds.
IRENE BERDINE DE BOER
Irene Berdine de Boer, a Dutch artist based in the Netherlands. She is a participating artist at the program Master of Arts in Painting at the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, the Netherlands. Next to that, she was the visiting scholar of 2018 at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. In the last few years of her practice, she has been investigating the language of painting, through materiality and color, conflict and attraction. She is relating her visual language to fashion (trends) and the tumult of our time. In the works she is showing here, she is bringing different painterly fields and characteristics together.
‘’The sensory aspects of the materials that attract me are chosen from their visual, tactile and haptic qualities. Fusing their oppositions together, areas of common ground appear, places where they collide. Internal characteristics and external effects influence the way the image appears in and over time. Since the chemical and natural materials I use respond to their surroundings and to each other. Next to the relational aspects, representational aspects emerge related to the variables in nature and the validity of fashion (trends). While constantly reframing two modalities the images are able to transform to new or known materials. The expressiveness of the colour and texture from my materials form the key point to how I respond to the diversities within the field of the aesthetic’’, thus Irene.
Throughout my life I have always been asked "What the h*ll are you looking at?" and I hold that very dear. It is easy to get into a loop of seeing the same things every day, but I want someone to see my work and not be confident in its identity. There is something new to see every time I open my eyes, see it with me.
"Dorothy holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. She also designed and completed a graduate program combining an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School with an M.A.L.D. (Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She has taken additional coursework in Human and Plant Biology, Genetics and Neuroscience.
Dorothy's professional background includes work in public relations and management consulting. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in the former Yugoslavia, a Rotary International Scholar/Ambassador in Sydney, Australia, and lived and worked in Japan. She speaks Croatian, has passed oral and written translation exams in Japanese, and is currently teaching herself Spanish.
In previous years, there also has been a section on the site featuring excerpts from a variety of Dorothy's personal and professional writings.
Miss Birsic is an avid sports and music fan. She plays tennis, basketball, runs (well, used to, at least), is a certified PADI diver, bikes, and enjoys photography and playing the piano. She spends a bit of time in the garden, too, tending to everything from lemons and roses to passion flower vines and dahlias."
Quoted from http://www.dorothyswebsite.org
“But in a still life, there is no end to our looking, which has become allied with the gaze of the painter; we look in and in, to the world of things, in their ambiance of cool or warm light, in and in, as long as we can stand to look, as long as we take pleasure in looking.” ― Mark Doty
I am photographer stopping time with my camera.
I shoot anything. I see art everywhere I look.
I live in the city of Whittier. Since 2010 I have been making and exhibiting artwork in the Los Angeles area. I am interested in creating artwork that, hopefully, will invite people to start a conversation
about current events.
I am a self taught artist that loves to paint colorful pieces of art.
I have been painting for over thirty years now and it is a big part of who I am in life.
Being an eclectic artist gives me the freedom to paint all things beautiful and bright!
I want my art to convey a freedom that I feel when I paint and I also want you to
feel the same way when you see my paintings.
I never feel that my art pieces are completed/finished even though they are framed.
It helps me to accept the fact that nothing is perfect, but it’s great to see my imagination on paper.
A Bohemian at heart. A flower child from the 1960's.
A lover of all mediums of art and genres.
"The greatest realization is that all life is one." -Carl Safina
TAE JA CHO-YUN
After graduating with a BFA at the Seoul National University College of Fine Arts, Taeja Cho taught as a high school art instructor in Korea. She has participated in several group exhibitions
in Cerritos, Norwalk, San Pedro, and Los Angeles.
“The earliest paintings I loved were always the most non-referential paintings you can imagine, by painters such as Mondrian. I was thrilled by them because they didn't refer to anything else. They stood alone, and they were just charged magic objects that did not get their strength from being connected to anything else.” -Brian Eno
“I think it's pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego.” -Lou Reed
PABLO DAMAS (AKA SICK DOT ONE)
Born amongst the starts in Hollywood California, his mother told Pablo that he was destined to shine. At an early age, he knew that art was going to be his calling and would later help to keep him away from the gangs and violence that surrounded him. Starting as a youngster, he would try to copy the covers of the latest Disney movies.
Quickly, he became talented and serious about his craft. In his sophomore year of high school, he was recommended to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. After showing his portfolio, he was accepted to attend. Soaking in as much as he could from this experience, he graduated knowing that, forever, he would be an artist.
His mother always supported him and his art but was unable to afford for him to attend Otis School of Art,
which he was accepted into. So, instead he would have to work and attend community college. Through the past years, he has continued to learn, mater, and adapt to changes in the art world. His media of choice are acrylic paint, graphite, and charcoal. He is now working full time as a freelance graphic/apparel designer, tattoo artist, and is continuously working on new work for various exhibitions and commissions.
He has had the opportunity to show in numerous exhibitions throughout the state of California and Country. He has a large, growing body of artwork and is working to share and exhibit to all.
“I enjoy for the audience to tell me what my work means to them. Not me tell them what it means to me.”
He likes to evoke thought and emotion from them, so he continues to create. Create to stimulate.
"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." -Pablo Picasso
Born in Inglewood California, Deserai Davis has been blessed with a natural artistic talent. She attended Long Beach State University where she received her B. A. in Studio Art. While attending college, she was awarded several grants from the J. Paul Getty Museum Multicultural program, which involved her interning at the Long beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, California, as a Museum Educator intern. Also at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California as an Art Exhibition intern. The experience of being an artist and a participant of the J. Paul Getty Multicultural program has provided Deserai with the knowledge of understanding the inner workings of galleries and museum spaces.
Deserai has produced a body of work that consists of oil paintings on canvas and block printing on paper and canvas. Deserai has produced a representational body of work that portrayed the African American experience from past to present, to stimulate a consciousness of cultural awareness in her audience, on how the African American struggle is American history and we all reap the benefits of the struggle, whether it be positive or negative. Her desire is to promote cultural awareness in regards to our cultural differences, how we respond and react to each other as well as how historical issues are still issues today; issues that goes beyond just black and white, but complexities and
identity within our own communities.
Deserai has produced several pieces that reflect the emotional and mental stages she has experienced
from heartbreak, to friendship, death, love, confusion and spirituality. Studying the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Jacob Lawrence, Deserai admired the fundamental elements in his work consisting of abstract figurative shapes, symmetrical and asymmetrical compositions, as well as his representational content of American History, which some of these same fundamental elements maybe recognized in her work. Other artist who has influenced the style and content of her work are Kara Walker, Ernie Barnes
and Diego Rivera.
Deserai has been featured at the Carson Community Center as part of their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration ceremony (2000) and featured solo show (1999), El Camino College Gallery (1999), Hellada Gallery (2001), UCLA Black Studies Art Exhibition (2003), Long Beach Art Gallery (2003), Le Florence (2005), Pierce College Art Gallery (2006), Design Theory (2006) Le Florence Gallery (2007 and 2010), African American Museum and Cultural Center (2011), and most recent
the Santa Fe Springs Art Festival (2017).
Deserai is persistent in pursuit of following her passion in art by creating, painting, developing her skill, exploring new mediums in producing bodies of work to share her gift and powerful messages with her audience, as well as teaching art to children and young adults. Deserai has worked for the Fresno Art Museum as an art teacher for at-risk adults and school aged children. She has been an employee for several Young Men’s Christian Association of Los Angeles Metropolitan branches as an After School program director, and currently as an art teacher at the Downey Family YMCA Furman Park Art Center.
From the School of Arts and Enterprise, to "Pages with Words”, to LA RAW artists, then to the "Endego" Gallery. Damian thrives through every medium and art style
to make his mark everywhere a person may look.
I am a local artist. I make clay vessels, sculptures, jewelry, and custom tile. I have spent my adult life making things and raising a large family. My work often explores feminist issues and family relationships.
I'm a freelance artist and photographer originally from Akron, OH. My interest in people, culture and portraiture inspires most of her work. Mostly working with pencil, I enjoy drawing pets and people portraits, as well as characters. I've always had a love for dogs, which has become a big focal point in my work. Cameron’s goal is to share her passion for art by helping other’s improve their craft.
My art is inspired by a world that I created in which people are emotionally connected with nature. they are named after flowers and based on that flower have the personality in the language of flowers.
Art is full of possibilities. I love to explore it.
I am a mother of 5 children who has been teaching 2nd grade for 18 years now. I started painting with acrylics two years ago as an outlet to be creative. I am passionate about nature, animals, and politics. I hope to express the beauty and strength of women in order to help empower future generations.
I enjoy taking photos and seeing what the lens sees. Sometimes I really like how the shot shows what I meant it to show and other times, I just scratch my head.
Started out in fashion design courses. One of my friends went to New York to try to break into the industry there. I helped him with material orders, design ideas, etc. A very high pressured environment, so I stopped doing that. Since I still loved the idea of women's fashion, I started doing acrylic art and this is where I belong. Just enjoying the possibilities.
Just a person who loves to create through art and visual expression.
It's better to see it in order to enjoy it!
"There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives."
ANTHONY FUENTES (AKA FUR FOUNTAINS)
Anthony Fuentes, also known as Fur Fountains, grew up in the Los Angeles area. His influence to create began when he saw various works coming in and out of his mother's custom framing shop. He then attended college where his creative use of color and composition soon had him noticed as well as accepted to be published in the fine art and literature book "Rivers Voice". His unique style of juxtaposed imagery and bold lines had his work standing out and were a breath of fresh air. He began to show his works in galleries in and around Whittier, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. He became a regular live artist for the Downtown LA and Hollywood Artwalks at the Mezz, The Dragonfly, Alexandera and the Medallion. All leading him to have a duo show at O gallery Hollywood, Gallery38 in West L.A. and Bixby Knolls art walk just last year. His work has caught the eye of the art world with a uniquely expressive alternate reality.
WILLIAM GARCIA JR.
"Keep calm and glaze on!" -Unknown
"I don't care what color the parents are. I don't care if it's a giraffe and a fish living together. If they're raising children who believe they're honored and loved, that's all that's important." -Patricia Polacco
"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." -Plutarch
""Who is Javier Gil..." is how a friend suggested I start this bio: so I did. Originally I hailed from Dallas, Tx, but at the age of 15 I moved to Whittier, CA. Im kind of an awkward person but I promise I get better the more you get to know me: atleast I hope so. I wouldnt describe myself as one of the cool kids. I love cartoons, anime, and video games; that enough should be a dead give away as to the type of person I am, but enough about me. The point of this website is to be a sort of online portfolio: just to show off my work. Art is my passion and I hope to be able to make a career based off my work. I try being as creative as I can with my work. I love color but at the same time I love the simplicity of black and white. I like drawing characters and having a cartoony art style but I also enjoy going realistic with some work. Im still learning, as currently I am in high school, and I hope to improve my skills as I go along. There's lots of ideas, techniques, and mediums I want to try out, so hopefully having to update this site will motivate me to do so." -Quoted from Javier's Website
Born in Guadalajara Jal, Mexico but raised in East Los Angeles Boyle Heights Ca. Ivan Godinez has been creating artwork inspired by his heritage, culture and his community. With his approach of painting modern subjects with thick paint and bold strokes his work reflects an impressionist style. When I paint not only I’m a painter but I see a sculpture artist in me. I love sculpting away my subject with paint and with less detail but enough strokes to define what is there.
I feel grateful to be called a modern Mexican-Van Goth.
I am a 21 year old who has been painting and sculpting for a few years. I like creating pieces that are unique and peculiar. Art is an outlet where I feel free and see what my minds can create.
Ever since I was little, I've been drawing and painting, but just recently (about a year ago) I've been exploring oil painting. My goal for the pieces that I have selected is to reflect my excitement and imagination for discovering this new medium and to glorify God in the process with their
vivid colors and attention to detail.
As a documentary photographer, I question my personal space and the personal space of the Faces of City of Los Angeles. In terms of getting to know someone on a personal level and hang out with them, or simply give a them a hand when they are asking for help. In both situations, I try to make it in both worlds. Often times it can be controversial because I just take photos without their discretion, but I do it based on feelings of what I feel. I question it. I documenting black and white because the reason is simple, "When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” ―Ted Grant
Wade Tyler Goodman is best known for his abstract designs, created using acrylic and spray paints. His work demonstrates an abstract culture and an active lifestyle.
His hobbies include sailing, surfing, and skim boarding.
As a spiritually provoked creative warrior, seizing words by their shapes to form the visions in his mind, using symbolic materials that represent experiences, and walking through life with an acute awareness of moments flickering past like the pages in an angelic novel, Frank's pieces represent passion, angst, and fuel - the loyalty in his heart painted by the depth of his love.
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“During one of the darkest times in his life, Ivan Haros was comforted by the Santa Fe Springs community. His mother had just died when he began work at the city. “It’s a tight-knit community, and they became a part of my family,” Haros said. “My coworkers and the residents provided support and stability for me.”
[A] year after leaving Santa Fe Springs for a job in the East Whittier City School District, he is giving back to the city. The Framery & Fine Art Gallery, 13105 Whittier Blvd., [hosted] Haros’ show, “The Unrequited Silence,” from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m… A portion of the proceeds from his paintings sold during the two-day exhibit [went] to the Santa Fe Springs Family and Human Services Fund, which assists families in the city and surrounding areas in emergency crisis situations. It also provides gifts and food for low-income families during the holidays, which Haros has specified where the money [has gone]…
Even before the beginning of the exhibit, one of Haros’ paintings [had] been sold. [His works have] delicately intimate landscape[s]. “It’s so inviting,” said Rick Rinaldi, the gallery’s owner. “Ivan has a lot of talent,” he said. Haros, 30 [at the time], who has had several showings locally, said this particular collection of oil paintings share the same serene and solitare theme, by coincidence. “That doesn’t usually happen,” he said. “But I am pleased with these pieces coming together with a commonality.””
My painting is connected to the practice of zen. When I paint, everything else in my life goes away.
I know I will never be a master, but I am enjoying the journey.
Flowers are one of my passions.
"Zen, per se, is not just an art, it's not just a religion, it's a realisation." -Gene Clark
"Art is a little subversive, very subversive; it gets underneath the surface and reveals what is there; it is a Geiger counter for truth." -Pat B. Allen
(LAS CHICAS PELIGROSAS)
My name is Jackie Hernandez formerly known as “Las Chicas Peligrosas.” I’m an 18 year old freshman at California State University of Long Beach majoring in illustration. My work revolves around portraiture of womxn mixed with intricate patterns. I want to convey the strength womxn have and their capability to be independent and the process of learning about self love. My work ranges from working with ink and marker, acrylics and working digitally on photoshop.
I'm a Mexican born artist. I love anything and everything that pertains to art. I want to learn as much as possible about art, and I would love to create art pieces the rest of my life using different surfaces and mediums. Pyrography is something new to me. I truly like working with wood.
Through colorful and captivating paintings, drawings, sculptures, and multimedia works, Mario Hernandez invites visitors to examine the contemporary urban landscape through the lens of the ancient past. Hernandez explores the mythology, methods, and motifs of Mesoamerican art through a variety of contemporary media and practices, ranging from bold and brightly-colored computer graphics and graffiti to fanciful papier-mâché sculptures and graphite drawings. By combining the motifs of the past with the visual vernacular of Los Angeles, Hernandez reimagines Mesoamerican culture for the contemporary urban environment, expressing the complexity of contemporary urban identities and posing important questions about the ways in which the self is bound to time and place.
I’m Susan Hin, an American woman born and raised in the state of California in the United States of America. I’ve had a life- In 1995, I moved to the Netherlands to marry my husband. In the summer of 2007, I had a stroke which, of course, altered my life. During my rehabilitation process, I was referred to a creative therapist and through that process, I rediscovered my passion for painting. She also encouraged me to put my feelings on canvas. My frustration, my joy, and everything else in.
My art grows out of my circumstances and concerns that I live through each day. Using paint & objects from everyday life, I explore & expand my thoughts & ideas. I believe in using all available media & resources for the purpose of expression & healing.
My goal is to create meaningful artwork that tells the truth and tells stories.
"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong."
-N. R. Narayana Murthy
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.' We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it." -Kobe Bryant
"Each person is an enigma. You're a puzzle not only to yourself but also to everyone else, and the great mystery of our time is how we penetrate this puzzle." -Theodore Zeldin
I love painting and making my paintings colorful. I started painting in 1993 at the Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts. I sell my small paintings at craft festivals and church boutiques. I love painting Native Americans and animals and birds because I'm able to use vivid colors.
Hey there, my name is Danny Jones. I am defined my by many things but in my heart I am a photographer. California is home, however being born and raised in the Midwest I grew up loving nature and the beauty and peacefulness that often surrounded me. This environment helped form my artistic style and what I’m attracted to creatively. As a result I’m a dreamer, a lover of powerful moments, beautiful visuals and emotional connection. Creating and capturing elements that reflect these ideas is what I love most about my abstract photography. With minimal editing, my fine art photographs tend to be dramatic and ethereal in nature, inspiring bits of serenity, hinting of mystery and dream-like adventure. These are ideas that I enjoy and strive for in life and are reflected in my art. I love that. I sincerely hope you do as well.
I am a painter, draftsman and a sculptor in my art work. In addition to my free work, I am interieur architect. Together, with my friend, I have a company named OPMAAT3D. I love to drawing people. People who are busy with their lives, sleep-in, their relationships. It remains very interesting.
The paintings are actually big drawings. www.petrakoonstra.nl
My interest in photography began a number of years ago when part of my job at the US Bureau of Commercial Fisheries was taking photographs of fish species we were studying. Not long after, my experiences in the lab included macro and micro photographs of organisms that were part of a research project. I relied on those experiences and skills learned in the lab
during my time as a teacher and professor.
As an abstract painter, I am drawn to use the light as my paint and the camera as my brush. I prefer to have a basic idea of what I want, then just wander and wait until I feel that magic moment. When I feel it, everything else seems to fade into the background as I see unique beauty within
forms and strength in the depths of the earth.
I have been a ceramic artist for the past 40 years and specialize in artistic functional pottery. All of my work is porcelain or stoneware and is high fire. I am a instructor at the American Museum of Ceramic Art and operate my own studio in Ontario, CA.
I developed interest in photography during military services (U.S.M.C.) My credits include Military Award Recipient of “National Endowment for the Arts,” Cal Arts Master Craftsman’s Mentors Fellowships, and National Veteran’s Creative Arts Awards (1st Place 2015, 2017, and 2018).
"Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet." -Sarah Louise Delany
"Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the
celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise." -Victor Hugo
MEE JUNG LEE
Educated in South Korea with a masters in fine arts, Mee Jung Lee has focused her attention on Chinese brush painting and abstract mixed media. She is currently the Chinese brush painting and oil and acrylic painting instructor at the city of La Mirada.
I love to do art as a hobby.
One day I would love to be able to sell my art and run an online store as well as doing commissions.
FRANK LOPEZ (AKA BRUCE LEROY)
I’m a self-taught painter who goes by the name Bruce Leroy.
I’ve had ups and downs in life that have helped me find a skill that I never knew I had.
I’ve only been painting for a year and I hope this helps me open doors to new journeys.