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.
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.
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.