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Thought Provokers: East San Diego

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 East San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Alejandro Barreto

My work has been selected in various graphic competitions national and international and has been published in 16 catalogs. It has also been included in graphic museums and art foundations such as the Ex Libris Biennial Bodio Lomnago; the Bulgarian Graphic Association Lyuben Karavelov. Read more>>

Victor Baker

I’ve always found it easier to make a living from making guitars as opposed to playing them, but always try to keep up on my modern jazz style compositions and performing. I’ve had various workshops in Philadelphia and for the past 9 years in New York City. Read more>>

Angie Jennings

As a graduate student, I was able to expand upon my practice and was exposed to and built relationships with many great artists such as Kembra Pfahler, Narcssister, Marina Abramovic, Guillermo Gomez Pena, and Ricardo Dominguez. I also had the opportunity to delve into realms of collaboration with my dear peers! Read more>>

Oleg Tsank

I understood the captivating beauty of art. Back then I studied breathtaking reproductions of masterpiece paintings and drawings . After examining such amazing artworks from the masters, I started drawing bit by bit. Read more>>

Laura Hendrickson

I have been interested in all forms of art since I was a child. I was not only in art classes in high school and college, but I would take additional classes through the city for various types of painting and photography. Read more>>

Antoine Didienne

I came in contact with photography when I had to take photos of products for a small e-commerce company I founded in 2012. Shortly after that, I took a beginner class to understand how to use the camera properly for my work. Read more>>

Lizabeth Greer

Photography for me is an extension to display the intrinsic relationships that are a part of our everyday lives. Through my camera lens, I’m able to capture love in its most genuine form. Read more>>

Kellie Talbert

I was constantly drawing, painting and creating with anything I could get my hands on. My parents were always supportive of what I wanted to do in life. My dad would tell me “If that is going to make you happy in your life, do it.” Read more>>

Charisma and Jesus Mendoza

Jesus and I have always dabbled in some form of creativity. I completed my graduate studies in Interior Design, and Jesus is a self taught painter and carpenter. It wasn’t until planning our wedding that we realized the potential of combining our talents. Read more>>

Johanna Kitzman

Photography started as a creative outlet for me. My husband gifted me my first DSLR camera for Christmas almost 6 years ago and I immediately started snapping pictures of people, animals and nature around me. Read more>>


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