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Thought-Provokers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Miguel Ángel Vigo

I am just one of those who kept drawing when everyone else stopped doing it. As you grow as a person and as an artist, your work becomes richer, deeper and more committed, but in the end, it is a way of communicating with the world. Read more>>

Zachary Lefevre

I was always passionate about music but never thought about expanding on my experiences through writing until he reached out to me. I contributed my first article about Life is Beautiful and became hooked on content creation. I began covering different events, interviewing respected artists, and becoming more involved in the scene. Read more>>

Kerbi Binder

Writing and painting have become a huge part of my life by helping me cope with the raging waters of adulthood. I feel It is my purpose to dive into my subconscious and put my art into physical form. I believe we all have some creative force we’re supposed to share with the world. We all just have to discover it first and believe in yourself above all! Read more>>

Caitlin Carney

I got into painting as a response to a turbulent period in my personal life. I was really in need of an outlet and I needed a space where nothing was right and nothing was wrong – it was just something fun that I was doing for myself. Read more>>

Yvonne Byers

Through rain and shine, life has always offered me art and nature as an outlet to explore myself and beyond. Though I didn’t study art in college, my notes were always filled with doodles of mandala patterns, and I regularly found myself accepting side projects mostly designing skateboard graphics or apparel designs for friends. Read more>>

Hugo D. Villa

I grew up in a family of artisans, in a home full of paintings, ceramics, brushes and other materials with which I could work and have fun all the time. Since I was a child I knew I wanted to be a visual artist, I never cared about the comments about the social stigma regarding this degree. My first tutor was another’s brother, a fan of painting who introduced me to the oil technique and many years later I took the degree of visual arts in the city of Guadalajara. During and after the degree I was experimenting with different painting and drawing techniques but finally, the acrylic and oil painting were the ones that I best identify with, however, I think in painting you never end up experimenting and learning. Read more>>

Jimmy Lick and Alexa Aguilera

One day Jimmy saw one of Alexa’s films on Vimeo and was surprised to see a film edited and colored so similar to his style. He reached out to see if she would be interested in second shooting for one of his weddings and the rest is history. Read more>>

Zackery Humphreys

After publishing my first novel, I realized that I really enjoyed seeing a project from its inception and I actively pursued any avenue that allowed me to do just that. I moved to LA after college and eventually found myself in more “Producer” type roles as projects came in. Read more>>

Kai Ogawa

I like to believe that dance found me in my time of need. I needed a place where I could leave reality for a little bit and somewhere to call my own. Although I started at the age of five, I didn’t fall in love with it until I was about thirteen years old. Read more>>

Alexis Reidell

Art and music have been in my life since I can remember. When I was younger, my mother passed away and that really drove me to create more and explore the art world quite a bit. Before I was even interested in makeup, I would draw and paint portraits a lot. Read more>>

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