To Top

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.

Charlene Soto

For me it was the perfect middle ground that I had been searching for. I could tell a sequential story without having to do the task of animating it. This also opened up the possibility of being a comic artist as well. Which I was able to do just this past year for Ascend Comics with the short story “Silent Waves”. Read more>>

Victor Tello

Art came in and out of my life as I took on different sports and hobbies but art was always there for a creative outlet and therapeutic reasons. In the past decade I’ve taken on endurance sports seriously and competitively, cycling has become a daily way of life whether it be for commuting or competition. Read more>>

Marisol Acosta

I’m the owner of Sea & Sun Calligraphy began which I began in 2016 in Murrieta, California. I’m a published calligrapher and floral watercolor artist. In middle school, I learned Italic calligraphy using a fountain pen. Read more>>

Ruby Throated

Our backgrounds are very different, but we have enough common interests that we really enjoy making songs together. Between the four of us, we went to school for things ranging from classical violin to jazz studies. All of us are writers in this group. Read more>>

Stacey Prince

I always enjoyed writing and making artists’ books. I found a desire to learn printmaking from an awesome printmaker and book artist. I now use various methods of printmaking as my base for creating. These mediums allowed me to merge both my love and printmaking and the book. I never looked back. I was hooked. Read more>>


Being an only child is a big part of my art-making because it allowed me to really find my true self as I feel I’m not necessarily influenced or inspired by much people or other artists. I mean sure, there are so many great artists out there that have created amazing work that inspire me. Read more>>

Wendy Gracia

I’ve been drawing since I could remember holding a pencil – finding inspiration from my favorite animated movies, such as 101 Dalmations. I would spend my free time scribbling and since a young age, my mom had enrolled me in a variety of art classes in order to explore that creative side. Read more>>

Giovanni Aguilar Gutierrez

After five years in advertising I decided it was time for a change, I started to make illustrations for poems in the Sunday magazine of the main newspaper of Barranquilla, after that I started teaching design and continued to work in advertising as a freelancer. Read more>>

Allison Ray Benavides

Every part of my world changed when my 3 year old son was diagnosed with a catastrophic seizure disorder. When he didn’t respond to conventional treatments, I became frenzied to find alternatives. To cope, I leaned heavily on my strengths as medical social worker. I was up at all hours of the night, networking with other families via Facebook. A youtube video about 2 children in Colorado also with intractable epilepsy began circulating. Read more>>

Edwin Garcìa Maldonado

I am a printmaker artist who try to express myself and all my concerns through printing. As in the old time of printmaking, I believe this process can be used to create not just a beautiful work but also, It can be a powerful medium to speak to the world. Read more>>

Amber Ryann

I felt I was growing into my own identity and creative self rather quickly and he and mom both encouraged that. In terms of my story being unique I would call that circumstantial, but what does make it the most unique is having parents that coddled and encouraged my creativity growing up. Read more>>

Phuoc Nguyen

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved to draw. Most kids back then would play with toys, but for me I would just sit there on my little desk and just draw. I knew at a young age that I would like to have a career in anything that involved art. Read more >>

Lenny Meriño

I started going to drawing and painting classes on Saturdays in Fine Arts from the age of 3 until I was 16 when I finished high school. I stopped drawing when I started studying medicine at the university, but my real vocation was always there. Read more>>

Nikko Mueller

From a young age, my grandfather would take me to museum exhibitions and discuss artworks with me. It was through these dialogues that I became interested in the idea that landscape could formulate identity, function as a screen on which we project our self-image and manipulate our senses. Read more>>

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>>


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in