Highland Park has a history of being one of the original arts colonies of Los Angeles. From the Arroyo Guild of Craftsmen at the turn of the last century, to the groundbreaking Chicano Arts collectives of the 1970s, to the current Arroyo Arts Collective and Second Saturday Gallery Night, Northeast Los Angeles continues that legacy. We are thrilled to have these artists at the Roundup!
Gino Perez is a 3rd generation Los Angeles native Mexican American. Born on June 22, 1977. He was the first son born after 4 sisters to Henry and Stella Perez. Officially named Mariano Leo Giovanni Perez. Dubbed “Gino” for short.
From the beginning Gino was surrounded by art. Gino’s Mother is an avid arts and crafts enthusiast. She spends her spare time designing and sewing one of a kind items as a hobby. Gino’s father was an artist and would spend hours at an easel drawing and painting. He ultimately lost his life due to a long battle with drug addiction but never stopped drawing until his death in 2002.
Growing up in Highland Park, CA. with his four older sisters and one younger brother, Gino was for the most part a shy child until he found a love for skateboarding which brought him into a whole new light. He immersed himself into perfecting his skill and at the age of 17 he began traveling the world as a professional skateboarder with such notables as Mark Gonzalez.
Gino’s works are both timely and timeless - social commentaries that are as much a public call to arms as they are contemplative and private. His glass half full approach to the cynical is most evident in his drawings/writings which are quick witted and ponderous.
Throughout his career he has shown his pieces at various galleries in Southern California. To name a few, Axiom Gallery Main St., Santa Monica and New Image Art Gallery. Solo installation and Art shows include: The Brewery in Downtown L.A., Frank Gehry Building on Main St., Santa Monica, Venice Heights on Abbot Kinney.
His genuine expression and everyday creative approach to life have earned him a following among local art and fashion enthusiasts. This fine collection of work is pure and true to his theory of life: “The Grey area is where we belong.”
Gino hopes his art inspires be people to be comfortable with their own story and background and be motivated to express themselves in any creative form.
“Live for today, art for Pete’s sake.”
Joseph “Nuke” montalvo
Joseph “Nuke” Montalvo is a multidisciplinary graffiti artist who has worked in Los Angeles for more then 30 years. As a UTI Crew member, her has produced several murals in L.A. and Mexico. He recently worked on the restoration of Earth Crew’s iconic 1992 mural, “Undiscovered America,” in the Arts District. Nuke has created public art relating to the Native American culture and history for the MTA, Council Districts 12 and 14, and the City of Bell.
Chase Roselli is an artist based out on Los Angeles, CA. He creates his intricate artworks using a beveled edge to dig depth into the one-demential plane, these pieces playfully interfere with the viewers field of vision. Each line is repeated methodically with slight variation as they descend into the canvas, encouraging a hypnotic plunge into the canvas.With each viewers unique perception of depth, a new shape is conjured, a new landscape is formed.Keep up with Chase at
jimmy dean horn
Jimmy Dean Horn:
“I am a creative, a designer, an illustrator, a sign painter, a motorcycle builder, a race car driver, but most importantly a problem solver. Just because its a problem to you doesn't mean it can't be solved in a beautiful way. I can't stop creating. It's in my blood, it's the way I'm wired, whether it's design, sign painting, or building motorcycles, it's an insatiable drive I am constantly trying to satisfy.”
JJ Jorgenson is a painter, urban sketcher, photographer, and animation color stylist. She started her business Create Heart Happiness! based upon this definition: to create a life you love and fill it with only what brings you happiness!
Watercolors by Robin Potash
Kindergarten teacher by day and painter by night. I began painting with watercolors about a year and a half ago. I get my inspiration from nature all around me. I especially enjoy walking around the neighborhood where I grew up and where I currently live and getting ideas. I painted the lotus flowers plein air, painting from real life. When I am unable to stay and paint what I see, I take photographs and paint from those. I think of my paintings as a way of documenting the Los Angeles that I see. People often comment on the colors that I use. I am fascinated by the uses of color, color mixing and how colors appear different depending on what color they are next to. Sometimes, I watch my young students draw or paint a picture and I notice that they make art for the fun of it.