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Thought-Provokers: South 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 South San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

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Our art is born out of each members passion for music as an art form, despite our diverse musical inspirations. Our singer Jackson is a wonderful actor and show choir singer, which gives us a nice theatrical-storytelling vibe. David is the jack of all trades sound engineer, music theorist and audio geek who keeps the show running. Read more>>

Miguel Rico

My art is photography, mostly urban setting. My love for capturing something that tells a story really keeps my motivation at its highest level. The biggest message I hope to deliver is to always keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to explore, just because something is different doesn’t mean you won’t like or appreciate it. Read more>>

Avia Rose

Denying the fact that I wanted to do this whole painting this for a living, a majored in business my first year of college, which in fact taught me nothing and a suffered through a year of econ classes and business calc. Right now I am finishing up undergrad in studio arts with an emphasis in painting and sculpture. I would want to get a masters and will probably go to the east coast for that. Read more>>

Erika Kelly

Etsy was just starting to become a big deal, and with some encouragement from my friends and family, I decided to open an Etsy shop selling waist aprons I was making. It’s slowly and organically grown from there. I eventually quit my day job, learned more about sourcing fabrics, creating new styles, how to build a website, and how to build a business. Read more>>

Emmanuel Bonds

My art is capturing moments through photography. I’ve always thought of myself as a creator, and photography allows me to express and explore that creativity. I enjoy shooting everything from the most remote of places to the architecture of the city, from sunsets to cityscapes. Read more>>

Gabe Rosales

I create music through guitar, piano, bass guitar and vocals, for my own therapy and have been teaching for 18 years. I grew up with an extremely eclectic taste, and it reflects in how I express myself. Having heard a specific lyric from a hip hop artist I appreciated,caused me to seek out the meanings of terms,names, and historical significance.Read more>>

Tysen Knight

As I got into my teenage years, I discovered spray paint and took to the streets to create art with my friends. After being a street artist for many years, I was selected to do my first gallery show which helped me transition from street artist to gallery artist with art exhibition around the country and world. Read more>>


Music gave me the ability to express myself creatively. A majority of the songs I’ve written are actually about things that I’ve personally experienced and overcome. Something that makes me unique as an artist is, I often talk about things that are real to me. Read more>>

Jeremiah Antonio

My one passion in life is basketball; as a person engulfed in the culture of basketball as a player and a fan, I saw an opportunity in the social media realm where I can turn my passion into something that can bring like-minded people within the basketball culture together. Read more>>

Fareena Valliani – Viglianco

The purpose is serve your couples; the purpose is to grow as a person & also, the purpose is to love what you do and pure your soul in it. I want to capture intimate love/ raw moments; I want to capture LGBT based couple & interracial based couple. I want it all. Read more>>

T. Jay Santa Ana

I’ve toyed with ideas of becoming a journalist, a writer, a poet, a teacher, a graphic designer, an illustrator, and more recently a practicing abstract artist who introduces himself as a gay Filipino Scorpio INFJ. The latter has proven more effective these days, especially in terms of my own story-telling. Read more>>

Alyce Lopez

We desperately navigated through renovations on our 1950’s rambler maximizing our creativity and pocket change. The True House came about organically after documenting our home renovations on social media. Read more>>


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