Loren LeBlanc is a Los Angeles native artist and educator with a passion for interactive/immersive learning and art experiences. His fine arts practice has focused primarily on integrating traditional sculptural techniques such as hand built clay and TIG welding with state-of the-art technologies such as 3D scanning, modeling and printing. His goal within artworxLA is to help inspire and influence creativity and productivity within young learners, especially students of color and those growing through difficult circumstances.
Tomás Díaz Cedeño is a Mexico City-based artist whose practice focuses on questions relating to the body, how the body is or how it can be represented. Díaz Cedeño probes the limits between objecthood and humankind by examining the expressive range material objects can embody when forced into previously unknown relationships in an obsessive artistic encounter. A case in point is a recent body of sculptures realized for his solo show at BWSMX in 2018. Although these works have a reflective quality they are not mirrors, but are intended to meaningfully reflect varied – and often repressed — human desires and fears. Formally, the sculptures are intended to evoke, frontally, the scale and presence of large human bodies; that the pigmented plaster of the sculptures suggests a white flesh is also no accident. The artist examines these questions through a delicate, tenuous–even grotesque–visual language rooted in a committed, intimate dialogue with the materials he uses.
Luis Tentindo is an interdisciplinary visual and performing artist, director and arts educator. He is passionate about creating bridges between individuals, groups, and communities with arts and community-based projects. Luis worked as a professional dancer in the companies of Tere O’Connor, Doug Elkins, David Gordon, Janis Brenner and many others. For 10 years Luis has designed, built, choreographed and directed puppet/object-theater pieces as well as dance/body-based work. He has travelled the world as a professional dancer and puppeteer. He has presented his works in NYC, Los Angeles, and several other cities and has taught master classes and workshops at NYU-Tisch, Middlebury College, UCONN, CSULB, and UCLA among others. Luis’ work has been presented St. Ann’s Werehouse, Theater for the New City, Dixon Place in NYC and at the XFEST! (SIUE) and the On Edge Festival (Santa Barbara). His work has been supported by the Jim Henson Foundation as well as through artistic residencies both nationally and internationally. He received his MFA in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance in 2016 and was invited to create and teach a visual strategies course for UCLA’s Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program. During his MFA studies Luis also taught dance improvisation, video production, and puppetry arts, as well as co-mentoring senior dance majors for their final performance projects. He is a mentor and teaching artist for at-risk teens with UCLA’s F.O.R.M. Academy and has worked with a broad spectrum of populations and skill levels around nationally. At UCLA he received the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship and other awards and he was recently honored with the Vision Award from the OPUS Archives at the Pacifica Graduate Institute for his work with dance and storytelling as a means of integrative / healing practice.
Artist and writer Stephanie Rose Guerrero was born in Van Nuys, California and grew up in various parts of Southern California and New Mexico. She received her BFA in Photography & Media at CalArts is 2013. Stephanie is currently showing at the Torrance Art Museum and is a part of BBQLA’s year long migrating exhibition entitled American Fine Arts. On April 28th Stephanie will be reading her most recent published writings through LACMA’s education and Public Programs department at the Charles White Gallery, in conjunction with LACMA’s multisite PST exhibition “A Universal History of Infamy; Those of This America.” Stephanie has also participated in live fotonovela performances at the Getty and various parts of LA, with Harry Gamboa Jr, the founding member of the influential Chicano art group ASCO. Thanks to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, East of Borneo, and the Temporary Institute of Unincorporated Studies, you can catch one of these interventions entitled "El Espacio Aereo Recuperada or ; Reclaimed Airspace in the Bi-Lingual Book titled "Someplace Chronicles; The Chronicle of Lennox.
Kate lain is a Los Angeles–area multidisciplinary artist working in film, video, clay, and other media.
In her varied works, Kate plays with material, texture, traces, and movement and is interested in ways humans understand and interact with nature. her preoccupations include family, memory, gender, land, texture, color, and place. She’s drawn to places where structures and materials break down.
Kate’s experimental film and video work verges on documentary and spans a wide range—from essay film to stop motion collage to impressionist portraiture. her works have screened at festivals and venues internationally including the black maria film + video festival, Edinburgh international film festival, videoex experimental film & video festival, Los Angeles film forum, and the Portland underground film festival.
her work in clay highlights sculptural forms and delicate colors, shapes, and textures of desert landscapes and geothermal regions of the western and southwestern U.S.
Kate has an MFA in science & natural history filmmaking from Montana State University in Bozeman.
Los Angeles based narrative figurative Artist Teod Tomlinson paints and sculpts symbolic and poetic scenarios that express his unique eclectic vision of the world. His art intertwines between the playful and intense themes of magic colliding with science, death bowing to birth, and the act of giving while taking away. His impassioned expressionism has a deliberate committed feel that comes through in the active strokes and visceral use of chroma. The paintings are like a probing x-ray that reveals the depth of his subject matter. Teod's Paintings and sculptures have been collected and shown throughout southern California Galleries. He is a College Professor of Art and Animation. Teod worked on the band Tool's early videos and artwork as a lead artist for the video SOBER and illustrator for the CD single Prison Sex. Teod is also a published illustrator, character designer and accomplished 3d cg sculptor and character / vfx animator. His work can be found in galleries, feature film, television, CD covers, greeting cards, music videos and game cinematics. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Natasha Khan known professionally as Bat for Lashes, is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has released four studio albums, Fur and Gold (2006), Two Suns (2009), The Haunted Man (2012) and The Bride (2016), receiving Mercury Prize nominations for Fur and Gold, Two Suns and The Bride. Khan is also the vocalist for Sexwitch, a collaboration with the rock band Toy and producer Dan Carey.
Alexander Gaylon is an award-winning filmmaker and teaching artist currently living in Los Angeles and loving Brooklyn forever. Alex made his first documentary in 2007 about his search for his biological mother and he continues to produce non-fiction video content with his production company, Karmalize Productions.
Alex was a Teaching Artist Fellow with Filmmakers Without Borders and taught video production at schools around Palampur, India. Alex wants to support and encourage people to know and be themselves.
Elena Roznovan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Sculpture/4D from California State University, Long Beach (May 2018) and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (2012). She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Werby Endowed Scholarship. She has most recently exhibited at ESXLA (2018), Torrance Art Museum (2017), University Art Museum (2017), the Kopeikin Gallery (2017), and Brea Art Gallery (2016).
SETI X aka Mandeep Sethi is a Los Angeles based MC and teaching artist building bridges between California and India. Referred to by GQ Magazine as "India's booming hip hop scene's new voice", SETI X is a veteran of rocking the microphone and raising consciousness. Co-Founder of SlumGods, India's first all elements Hip-Hop Collective, SETI X is a versatile artist whose global reach has only strengthened over time. Most recently, SETI X opened up for Prophets Of Rage, the new super group with Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy.
SETI X is currently working as a teaching artist within the LA County Juvenile Detention system, building emotional and cultural bonds with the youth within the Juvenile Halls, while facilitating songwriting and beat production workshops that allow students to reflect on their emotional and spiritual process while resonating their stories with the world.
SETI X is a 2018 Recipient of the “Freedom Now Award”, recognized by the Los Angeles Community Action Network for his activist work in the Skid Row Houseless Community of LA. SETI X is also a 2018 Recipient of the Schools Not Prisons Grant from the California Endowment for his program BEYOND BARS, where he will be working with young men who have been released from prison to create music and media that allows them to redirect their narrative and empower themselves.
SETI X's most recent accomplishments include appearing on CNN’s Emmy Award Winning Show “United Shades of America” with W. Kamau Bell. On the episode, W. Kamau and SETI discuss what it means to be a South Asian American Sikh Hip-Hop Artist from California.
Raised in the Northeast San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California Kristy Sandoval is a first generation Xicana with family and background in Tijuana, Mexicali, and San Diego. While attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco formal art training was learned, and the northern part of California explored. Since 2008 she has painted more than 30 public art murals. Her work focuses on human rights, world affairs from an environmental standpoint, and women empowerment. As an advocate for arts education, she has run mural design workshops for all age groups and skill levels in underserved communities. Kristy has also played a vital role in the development of Mural Mile in Pacoima, Ca. and continues to expand with public art projects across the globe.
Growing up in an era of nightly helicopter malathion spraying, police street sweeps, punk rock and oldies, Dewey Tafoya is a visual artist and screen printer. Growing up in Boyle Heights, Deweyʼs work is heavily influenced by the urban landscapes, cultures and communities of inner city Los Angeles. Often using satirical humor, much of Deweyʼs work tends to deconstruct historical contexts and then reconstruct them from the view point of the oppressed and/or the under represented. As a teaching artist, Dewey has been a part of the Self Help Graphics & Art’s Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops for the past decade. As an artist in residence, Dewey currently teaches a monthly DIY screen printing workshop, as well as providing mobile art workshops for the organization as part of the Barrio Mobile Arts Studio (BMAS). Dewey has also been a part of the City of Los Angelesʼs Summer Night Lights program for the past several years providing screen printing workshops for the youth in the communities of Watts and South Los Angeles, and is also currently working with teens in continuation high schools throughout Los Angeles teaching screen printing and graphic design. Deweyʼs recent exhibitions include, Rise, Love, Revolution: The Black Panther Party at Artshare LA and at LACMAʼs, Futbol: The Beautiful Game as well as Self Help Graphics, Día de los Muertos exhibition
Diego Robles is a first generation Mexican-American artist who grew up in the Houston metropolitan area, and who has now lived most of his life in Southern California. As a native to the US-Mexico border, he continually re-explores various ways the presence and absence of culture is expressed and disciplined into boundaries. Currently, he is writing essays about film theory, editing a feature-length documentary, teaching cinema and media arts, filming as a free-lance videographer and sound recorder, researching Chicana/o and Latin-American filmmakers, and translating oral history interviews. He conducts Art Labs every two weeks out of public spaces around Los Angeles, and in his living room. He is scheduled to perform an Art Lab in San Diego in August, in San Francisco in November, and at the end of the year in a 2-Day Art Lab-Intensive on Choreographic Cinema in Mexico City.
Bestselling author of Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), Dorothy is a renowned teacher, prize winning artist and global activist. She has been featured on radio and television, at conferences, juvenile detention facilities, cultural centers and educational institutions throughout the world. A former Poet-in-Residence at Hunter College, National Public Radio commentator, and NYU faculty member, she has served as a literary consultant to the United Nations and as a special delegate to UNESCO.
Dorothy is the author of Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Family, A Taste of Tamarinda, Sharing The Same Sky, and editor of the anthology, MuseMatrix. Her writings have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including San Gabriel Quarterly Review, Drum Voices, the New York Times, Best Black Women's Erotica, SisterFire and Personal Journaling.
Creative writing workshops, empowerment and healing seminars facilitated by Dorothy have been commissioned by the National Writers Union, PEN America, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon Institute, the International Women's Writing Guild, Open Center and many other organizations. Highlights of her life include sharing the dais with the Dalai Lama, dancing with tribal boys in the hills of Kerala, India, and boogying with James Baldwin.
Felix Francisco Quintana (b. 1991) is a visual artist best known for his dynamic photographic light paintings. In 2014, Quintana obtained his B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University in Northern California. He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally, including the Morris Graves Art Museum in Eureka; 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco; LAXART in West Hollywood; Vox Populi in Philadelphia; Vincent Price Art Museum in East Los Angeles; and The Dot Project in London, England, among others. Awards and recognitions for his work include the Tom Knight Photography Award, individual Artistic Achievement in Visual Art, and the Presidents Purchase Prize from Humboldt State University. Since 2015, Quintana has actively taught visual art and photography to inner-city youth in artist-run spaces and non-profit organizations including Las Fotos Project, Slanguage Studio, Self Help Graphics & Art, and currently artworxLA. In 2017, Quintana helped found the Lynwood Union Art & History Gallery at the historic Pacific Electric Depot, and currently, serves as the Vice President of the organization. Quintana currently lives, works, and teaches in Los Angeles, California.
Gregory Grano is a filmmaker and educator, new to Los Angeles in 2017. Greg's documentary and narrative work explores themes of human interaction and travel across hierarchical social divides. In 2015, he toured the US with his first feature documentary, and in 2016 Greg traveled in Asia, Africa, and Europe, developing a multimedia project on global connections and colonial legacies. He received his BFA in Film and Television from NYU and his MS in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University.
Jesse Bliss is an international playwright, director, producer, actress, poet and veteran arts educator specializing in both teaching and writing curriculum. Her works Roots and Wings, Diamonds (in collaboration with dance legend Rennie Harris), Between Fingertips, a Record of Light and Tree of Fire, among others, have been widely produced at world-class venues including the United Nations, Edinburgh, S.P.A.R.C. at the Old Jail in Venice, Lincoln Heights Jail, The Last Bookstore, The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts, UCLA, Occidental College, California Institute of Integral Studies, UC Santa Cruz as well as countless others. Ms. Bliss is featured in the documentaries L.A. Women by Kate Crash, Yahoo Shine about her work with the incarcerated and Julie Hebert's Look What She Did!! She is the author of the chapbook I Love Myself Golden, written for incarcerated women and supported by Poets and Writers. She is the producer of KPFK 90.7 FM's Think Outside the Cage Founder/Director of The Roots and Wings Project.
Lilia Ramirez p.k.a Liliflor is a cultural art educator championing youth in the arts, using art as a tool for healing and transformation. Since 1994 Lilia has been at the forefront of the Los Angeles youth movement; as co-founder of the Peace and Justice Center (PJC) in 1995, an innovative youth run center in Los Angeles. A decade later she received her B.A from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultural Studies. Lilia co-founded First Street Studios, soon after she served as Director of Annual Exhibitions for Mujeres de Maiz (International Women of Color Artist Collective & Zine), and curator at The Jean Deleage Gallery. Her current and past Artist Residencies include: LA Works, L.A.’s Best A.S.A.P, Casa 0101, L.A. Commons, City of Los Angeles Summer Night Lights, Arts 4 City Youth – Art As Resistance, African American Museum, Casa Coyo, Watts Labor Community Action Center, Theatre of Hearts, and Highways Art Gallery.
Lluvia Higuera currently lives in Los Angeles, where she graduated from the photography program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She has been published in Celeste, Latina Bride, Model Ephemeris, and CMYK. Her photography has a subtle point of view – not contrived but pointedly aware – that comes about from getting to know the people she captures, not as subjects, but as portions of the world itself.
Gloria Westcott is an artist, educator, curator, and producer who has been based in Los Angeles for over twenty years. She has collaborated with many artists in performances, video productions, and wearable art events and exhibitions including Diane Gamboa, Coco Fusco, Gronk, and Guillermo Gomez Peña. Bilingual and dedicated to the diverse communities of Los Angeles, she has facilitated studio art workshops and museum exhibition tours to audiences of all ages at several cultural institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Watts Towers Art Center, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Junior Art Center at Barnsdale Art Center. Gloria received a BFA in Communication Arts from San Francisco State University in 1982.