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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.

Mauricio Lopez

I picked up a camera when I was really young and the idea of capturing a moment and freeze it in time was amazing to me and it’s what pushed me to pursue a career in photography and graphic design. Read more>>

Shanika Crutcher

I’ve always enjoyed looking at pictures more than the average person. I decided to buy a nice camera after having my second daughter. I wanted to be able to capture my memories with my children. Read more>>

Erica Steward

I never planned on being a full time artist lol. I’ve always creative, but I’ve been bred and trained for corporate life. So I did the adult thing, got a business degree and joined the corporate marketing world. Read more>>

Luis Alderete

As an interdisciplinary visual artist, my work has been exhibited, published and distinguished in Mexico, the United States of America, China and Spain. Recently, I won the prize of the “XIX Plastic Biennial of Baja California”. Read more>>

Ramel Wallace

People know me as either the founder of thChrch & The Last Black Man in Barrio Logan or Real J. Wallace. The most interesting thing about my story is that I am a Hip Hop artist turned entrepreneur and I am the middle of that transition as we speak. Read more>>

Alejandro Martinez|

I began expressing myself artistically through poetry beginning around 2010. I’d be lying if I said the beatnik generation didn’t play a big part in my introduction to art and artists. Peter Orlovsky’s 57-58 four poems were crucial in my understanding on what real writing was or more important. Read more>>

Andy Isabel

Art has always been a part of me ever since I could remember. It’s my form of communication in a way. I was always a very quiet and shy person so making comics and just drawing was my way to convey what I was feeling. Read more>>

One I Red (Band name), Nikkie Stars, Mike Costello, Fonso Payumo Jr. and Ian Parker

Long-time friends Mike, Ian, and Fonso started a band and put out an ad on Myspace! Nikkie auditioned and on April Fool’s day in 2009, officially joined. It’s been the longest ongoing April Fool’s joke ever! Read more>>

Britany Maxwell|

I self-taught myself how to use a camera on manual, I self-taught myself everything really. I remember sitting and watching YouTube videos for hours and taking notes. Google was my best friend too. I attended workshops along the way which were amazing and I highly recommend them! Read more>>

Noah Lloyd

I started making music back in Junior high when a family friend gave me a demo of FL studio, after that I just made music for fun. It wasn’t until when I graduated high school I found out about dance music. After that, I decided to pursue music as a career. Read more>>


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