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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.

Mikhayela Curry

I wanted women to walk in and feel peace. I wanted women to feel like they were good enough, and like they didn’t have to compare themselves to 20 other women that were getting their hair done at the same time. I wanted them to feel privacy, so they could say whatever they wanted, and they didn’t have someone listening in or judging them. Read more>>

Antonio Becker

I paint and do some graphic design work, but my main creative outlet is creative direction and curating shows. I love the sense of belonging that everyone involved in a show is able to have, that inspires me in a big way. The pride, a person, feels seeing their art on a wall. It’s beautiful to play a small part in that for people. Read more>>

Jenny Desrosier

My weapon of choice at the moment is my Nikon D610 but I also shoot with 35mm film, and I’ve been playing around with disposables a lot lately as well. While my passion is music photography, I love shooting portraits, behind the scenes, and I hope to get into more editorial work in the future. Read more>>

Ray Flores

I love being able to express myself creatively whenever possible; the camera has been a preferred tool of mine for years. Growing up, I was surrounded by the rich culture of the neighborhood. I love the culture I was surrounded with, the colors, sounds, the food, and the community. I want people to see the beauty and diversity I was exposed to growing up.Read more>>

Unice Fernández

I’m a portrait photographer based out of San Diego. I was born and raised in Washington State, and as a child, I remember always embracing my creativity. I loved sewing, hair, makeup, pottery, painting and event designing. I found a love for photography when my aunt and uncle purchased a point and shoot camera. Read more>>

Sabrina Mari

I am a self-taught artist type based in Orange County. I enjoy dabbling in mixed media but I’ve got a sweet spot for watercolor and all things cute, colorful and creepy. I didn’t always know that I’d have a future in art. Read more>>

Alexis Cicala

It has always been a dream of mine to start my own coordinating business, and the doors started to open when we moved to San Diego. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of so many vendors in Southern California. Read more>>

Lavada England

My hope is that people will see that we have so many more commonalities than what we often see and through transparency and open-mindedness the relatability is stronger. Educate, Encourage, Empower, the 3e’s of life and the opportunity that is often missed to share with another that could be another tool in some else’s tool belt. Read more>>

Katherine Bibilouri

My first real contact with the arts was when I was twelve years old and began commuting to New York City to train in Russian Classical Ballet. By the time I was 13, a lot of my friends were starting to invest more time in training for careers as professional dancers; some even began homeschooling. Read more>>

Drew Curry

Now I’m 26, making clothing and art in Los Angeles, all stemming from my inspiration by my time spent in Kolkata, India. My mission, which I’m adamant about sharing, is “To promote humanity through art, objects, and contemporary fashion.” And my goal is to use my art to make a real difference in kids lives in Kolkata. Read more>>

Brian “KASPER” Malecki

Yes, the struggle is real! Starving artists all over the world know that you have to eat sleep and breathe art to get good you must immerse yourself into art! It can be very rough on relationships and your social life I’ve lived in my mom’s garage and ate lots of top ramen. lol. Read more>>

John Grimm

I felt like an outcast, so I dropped out and pursued everything from typography to canvas painting. A buddy of mine had been tattooing for ten years and on a whim asked if I wanted to apprentice for him. I finally found my place in the art world. Tattoos. I have now made a full recovery and skateboard and tattoo every day. Read more>>

Shani B.

I began to take my craft more seriously and released my freshman project “Mixed Signals.” After a few years of performing and collaborating around Boston, I was ready to go big or go home. And for me, that meant making the decision to move to Los Angeles to further pursue music. Read more>>


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