Internationally acclaimed Valdez is best known for her vibrant paintings, installations and early performance work with the avant-garde art group ASCO, of which she is a founding member. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Valdez received her BFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and was named outstanding alumni in the 1980s. In 2005, she was named the “Latina of Excellence in the Cultural Arts” by the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Judithe Hernández, first won acclaim as a muralist during the Los Angeles mural renaissance of the 1970s and as a member of the celebrated Chicano artist collective Los Four. The group would become a major force in the Chicano Art Movement and the first Chicano artists to break through the mainstream museum barrier. Over her 45-year career, she has established a significant record of exhibition and acquisition of her work by major public and private collections which include: the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Museum of Latin American Art, and the Bank of America. She has been the recipient of the of the prestigious University of Chicago Artist-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture, the C.O.L.A. Fellowship, and the Sor Juana Legacy Award for “outstanding lifetime contributions to arts” awarded by the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Jefferson Pinder is an interdisciplinary artist who creates performances, video work, and objects that challenge viewers to think critically about their highly polarized society. Pinder explores the tangle of representations, visual tropes, and myths—referencing historical events and invoking cultural symbolism.
Pinder's video work features stylized representations of performers working themselves through exhaustion to unveil genuine emotion while his 'action videos' depict physical prowess with the body. The participants, in turn, communicate narratives through the physical tasks they perform.
Tania Jazz Alvarez
Tania Jazz Alvarez is a contemporary artist and professor who lives and works in Southern California. Her artwork is comprised of large, colorful, messy figurative paintings that tell stories and celebrate the underdog. Alvarez acts as a storyteller from a complex perspective of hybridization. “I’m both utopian and pissed. My humorous environments allow me to play with stereotypes and create both counter-histories and my own futures.”
Jodi Bonassi’s is an LA artist born in downtown LA in the city of angels. Exhibiting both locally and nationally, she has been an active art maker for over 25 years. Originally seen as an outsider artist her work has grown exponentially as a drawing informed painter. She has been reviewed and published in Diversions LA, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and Flavorpill. In 2015, she was awarded the People’s Choice Award at Temporary Space Los Angeles. Noted curators who have selected her works for exhibition are Shana Nyes Dambrot, Betty Brown, Jack Rutberg, Jonathan Green, Peter Frank, and Ann Philbin of the Hammer Museum. All of her work centers on cultural diversity, adults and children in a complicated world and our common desire to reach out and connect to others. Bonassi has enjoyed a rigorous career providing artwork for public and private commissions, a long list of publications, and a flexibility of materials ranging from works on paper to painted assemblage.
Originally from Mexicali, Quiroz and his family immigrated to East Los Angeles where he pursued his passion for Art. Inspired by metaphors illustrated in Chicano murals and the abstract layers of gang graffiti; Quiroz took his artistic practice to the streets. He began working for muralist Paul Botello and East Los Streetscapers who taught him their process of creating site-specific Public Art. His work as a muralist led him to receive corporate commissioned projects by Red Bull, Blue Moon Brewing Company and Got Milk Corporation. Raised in a working class environment, Quiroz’s work is inspired by his community’s resilience and their willingness to embrace their struggle for survival. Select exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Riverside Art Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art, University of Guanajuato Mexico and University of Southern California.
June Edmonds is a painter, public artist and teaching artist. She has exhibited widely at venues including California African American Museum, Kenise Barnes Gallery, New York, the Manhattan Beach Art Center and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. June has completed works of public art with the city of Los Angeles including a mosaic installation at Pacific Station in Long Beach with the MTA and three projects with the Department of Cultural Affairs. June is a recipient of the 2018 City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant (COLA) and received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Bachelors degree from San Diego State University and currently resides in Los Angeles where she was born and raised.
Hector Silva is a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles who has been producing work for more than thirty years. Born in Ocotlan, Jalisco, in Mexico, he moved to the United States at the age of 17. He began drawing in his late 20s when he discovered his own talent. Today, Hector’s work is collected internationally, and has received acclaim in the US and abroad.
Living in Los Angeles with its rich Latino/Chicano culture, Hector draws from the Latino tradition. Among his influences are religious iconography, Frida Kahlo, M. C. Escher, pornography, and Chicano prison art. Hector explores themes of cultural identities, eroticism and beauty.
Michael Massenburg was born in San Diego and raised in Los Angeles California. Michael pursued his studies at California State University, Long Beach and Otis School of Art and Design. Massenburg has exhibited in galleries and museums, completed private commissions and worked on public art projects throughout the country and abroad. His list of public artwork clients includes Verizon, MTA Metro, ESPN, American Jazz Museum and the Fabulous Forum. He is also the recipient of various grants, including from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council. Along with his art making practices, Michael is a teaching artist for various organizations and is founding board member and board president for Inglewood Cultural Arts, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit.