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Thought Provokers: Downtown & Little Italy

San Diego has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists and creative professionals from in and around Downtown & Little Italy that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jeremy Berumen

I spent a great 5 years at that job, during which I had other opportunities, like being on the Dr Phil Show. I also got to do a weekly Fitness Segment for NBC, it was a live TV segment that last a year and a half. After a time of being there though, I started to see something, that we have an entire health culture built upon the backbone of insecurity and ambiguity about Health. Read more>>

Brayen Bugazzi

Brayden decided to pursue art as a means to reconnect with his creative side. Brayden got his first opportunity to show in a gallery setting in Santa Monica in 2013, and sold every piece that he put up. From there the bug was implanted, and I have been showcasing more more, and more, now in 4 countries. Read more>>

Maezy Stardust aka Meg Cushing

I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. My mom introduced me to painting and drawing when I was toddler, showing me her landscape, nature and animal paintings from a class she took before I was born. Read more>>

Aimee Santos

I earned a degree in Photojournalism from San Jose State, where I learned about documentary photography and visual storytelling. During my studies, I was selected to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop and volunteered for the Sydney 2000 Olympics at the Basketball Dome. Read more>>


We’re a 4-piece grunge-hop (grunge and hip hop) group centered around the collective idea that not only can we create dynamic instrumentation but also can power a movement in people. Read more>>

Randy Martinez

Creating art for Star Wars has given me the opportunity to use my imagination, develop as an artist, and has opened doors to make art for the likes Marvel Comics , Jurassic Park, Lord Of the Rings, Aliens, Harry Potter, and the San Francisco Giants. Read more>>

Alec Dempster

I abandoned the desire to be a guitarist and holed up in the printmaking studio. Soon after graduating I moved back to Mexico with faltering Spanish that quickly improved as I began my career as an artist and assimilated into Mexican culture. Read more>>

Lea Kolkopová

As I was searching for myself, I met somebody who asked me to express my feelings, frustration through art without thinking about the result. When I succeeded, I was amazed and that´s how I started to paint again, this time straight with colors, acrylics, no intention, pure meditation, joy. Read more>>

Roxanne (C.C.Rox) Chacon

I had always been interested in music and grew up playing my parents records on their record player. I picked up the guitar when I was a freshman in high school and loved that, but also knew it wasn’t my niche. Read more>>

Greg Simkins

At the age of 18, Simkins began doing graffiti under the name “Craola”. Graffiti drove his inspiration to create and gave him the confidence and experience to paint large-scale works. It also taught him color theory and perspective while further developing his artistic skills. Read more>>

Alon David

ALoN DaviD, founder and CEO of 90x, arrived in America without any business leads connections. He had no university network or promising internships. ALoN didn’t even have a solid business idea. But he did have ambition. He had drive. He had the dream to make something of his life. Read more>>


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