Mike Sedano is a Riverside based artist who finds inspiration in everyday living and uses each of his works to express a little piece of himself. His art often showcases pop culture imagery and his signature raccoon, which can be seen in two works at The Artist Tree Riverside. Why the raccoon? In Sedano’s words, “I recycle art. I take one person’s trash and make it into someone else’s treasure.”
Deladeso is the art persona created by Richie Velazquez. Based out of Riverside, California, he has been developing his Digital Death and Grime art aesthetic since 2012. As the originator of grime art, he pays homage to those that have molded himself into the Spookek that he is today. His past work includes projects that range from digital video to illustrations, to collaborations, to merchandise, to physical installations. Prior collaborations include music videos by Getter and Randall Kirk II, branded campaigns with brands friendly to experiential content like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Samsung, and General Mills’ Fruit Gushers in collaboration with Slushcult. Artists have praised Deladeso’s unique “grime style” of retouching pop art images with colorful and whimsical accents of colorful animated grime, which, according to Richie, is inspired by “the grime of the city” that defined much of his experience growing up in Riverside, CA.
Alex Maceda is a visual artist and writer based in Joshua Tree, California, who is passionate about mental health innovation, the creator economy, and creative empowerment. Her work explores the human experience and the natural world via abstract, figural art and lyrical non-fiction. She aims to express complex, often conflicting, emotions and dynamic landscapes via colors, strokes, and words. She works primarily in oil paint. Her works Windstorm and Rising are on display at our WeHo and Koreatown locations.
In 2017 Ethan Lipsitz was diagnosed with stage III brain cancer. Shortly after diagnosis, a teacher challenged Ethan to identify his perfect day and start living it. Since those perfect days, Ethan has been on a quest to heal himself and offer healing hands to those around him through his art. Ethan believes colors and shapes can be vehicles for love, and with that belief in mind, started painting cars, buildings, pianos, clothing, canvases and other textiles. His work has joy and love built in and is designed to make viewers smile. In Ethan’s words, “Even a little smile can be a big act of love for yourself and the world.”
Gino Loffredo’s art is surreal storytelling through the lens of love. Traveling the world, he has witnessed the overwhelming beauty of art in every city. Gino creates images with multiple stories inside, and urges viewers to have a moment of reflection, connection Gino’s stories to their own. He primarily works in acrylic paint on canvas and has several pieces currently on exhibit at our Koreatown location.
Haley Fonfa connects motion with emotion as she depicts nostalgic scenes and images with vibrant animated colors and unique brush strokes. Since 2018, Haley has been curating art exhibitions in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas with artists of all mediums. Her goals are to bring together as many people as possible through different forms of art and to foster recognition and appreciation for women and artists, while giving back to the community. Proceeds from all of Haley’s shows have been donated to non-profit organizations. Currently, Haley works in the Art Department at ABC’s Greys Anatomy.
Jess O’Donnell is a Los Angeles based photographer and creative producer. She travels the world to capture landcapes and other imagery, reflecting her colorful and sunlit vision of the world. Several of Jess’s digital prints are on display at our Beverly Hills location, including Flower Crown, Still Wtaer, and Campfire.
Leila Youssefi is an LA-based Persian-American artist and an alumna of the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She currently works under the moniker “LvL Up Kid,” referring to the fantastical realm of “LvL Up!” Using symbolism and form as language, she investigates the dualistic nature between confidence and doubt. Her pieces explore both figurative and abstract landscapes of the mind by imagining them as whimsical cartoon creatures. Leila’s characters are seen in prismatic tableaux in which the self-confident “LvL Up Worm” battles the insidious, self-sabotaging “Imp.” By exposing this hindering dualism, the playful creatures aim to liberate us from ourselves.
Marck Tomas is a lifelong painter and creator. Marck started painting and drawing when he was 5 years old and has been heavily influenced by everything around him, from Robert Rauschenberg, to Xul Solar, and Man Ray. Marck is an avid cinephile and loves visual expression. He was a signalman in the U.S. Navy, coding and decoding secret messages. Marck spent a couple of months going from city to city exploring galleries, museums and archaeological sites to see all of the things he had read about as a kid. He later spent 4 years in South America further developing as an artist and later studying Printmaking at USP.
Sandra Kim Nguyen Wu is a Los Angeles based artist and the creator and leader of Making Mirrors, a boutique creative studio based in Los Angeles. Making Mirrors creates professional support, murals, illustrations, and designs to elevate brands. One of our favorite works by Making Mirrors is the exterior mural on The Artist Tree’s Koreatown location! Several works by Sandy are currenty on display at our West Hollywood location.
SwanVR is a virtual reality artist who mints avatar assets and augmented reality creatures. SwanVR entered the international spotlight upon the debut of her viral Beat Saber video gaining over 100 Million views across socials. She has been an amplifier and speaker at various tech and gaming conferences before hosting rooms on Clubhouse and going into NFTs. A finalist in the Kusama Network x Block Create Art Competition, SwanVR is transmuting her VR, gaming, and painting experience in creating NFTs that enhance yourself as you transcend to the Metaverse. Explore SwanVR’s interactive AR pieces at The Artist Tree West Hollywood.
Tiffany (Tiffa) Minsal is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who studied for her Game Artist career on the East coast. She recently moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of her passions in the entertainment industry and to become a part of something greater than herself. She has worked in many fields of art, including the gaming industry, the film industry, and live television production. Her most recent project included being the production coordinator for Eric Demeusy’s independent feature film “Proximity”. She mainly draws her inspiration from her wildly vivid dreams and nightmares, mixing that whimsical surreal element with the dark underlining story sewn into our imaginations.
Vasco Del Rey grew up in a remote region of Mexico and moved to America at the age of 8. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new home and culture, Vasco found a way to express his confusion and frustrations through his art. He uses colors and typography to express what he experiences with his senses. For example, a conversation overheard nearby formed inspiration for one of Vasco’s murals. He welcomes collaboration and even lets others add their own personal touches to his murals. Through his art, Vasco seeks to convey his beliefs that we truly can create the reality we desire and that we are all capable of goodness and worthy of love and joy. Several of Vasco’s paintings are currently on display at The Artist Tree Beverly Hills.
Jason Shelowitz (aka Jay Shells) is an artist and graphic designer from New York who now resides in Los Angeles. The works in this exhibit showcase Jason’s watercolor work and his unique pyrography —the art of burning images into wood. Jason uses a soldering iron and a pointilism technique to create doting, hyper-realistic portraits of ephemeral urban details, including mailboxes, building facades, and street typography. In 2013, Jason created his most well-known public campaign to date called The Rap Quotes. In this project, Jason turned site-specific rap lyrics into street signs, billboards and phone booth ad spaces and installed them in the exact locations called out in the lyrics. The project was inspired by his love of the culture and vision that we should give back to the communities who gave us Hip Hop. The project was turned into a television show, a book and is a work for the Universal Hip Hop Museum.
After working in the field of CG Animation for 9 years, Perez chose to focus on her passion, painting. Perez’s primary inspiration for her work is the “magical connections found inside all of us when we choose to connect with our inner selves”. You can view several of Perez’s works as part of our Pride Exhibit, including No Longer at War and The Beautiful Fraud.
Bioworkz aka Ben Kwok is a Los Angeles artist who creates intricate biomechanical illustrations. Born in Taiwan and raised in Los Angeles, Bioworkz has been drawing hyper detailed artwork for as long as he can remember. Kwok created the Bioworkz moniker, because his art is heavily influenced by the work of H.R. Giger, defined as “Biomechanics.” In Kwok’s own words, he strives to pull in viewers and “hold them hostage” so that each image will unfold into greater details while viewers appreciate the many intricacies of his works. The Bioworkz pieces on display at The Artist Tree feature a variety of animals, such as Rabbit, Fennec Fox, Sea Turtle, and Moths. In addition to his many drawings, Bioworkz also loves designing tattoo art.
Emily Eizen is a multimedia artist working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, photography, modeling, and home decor. Her ‘60s psychedelic inspired works showcase the beauty, freedom and diversity Eizen considers essential to establishing equity in the cannabis space and beyond. Her work highlights her ability to adapt to different styles and aesthetic across spectrums of gender and sexuality, defying convention. You can view several of Eizen’s works are as part of our Pride Exhibit, including Always Back to the Dark Place and Turn Your Magic On.
Upendo Taylor combines fonts, verbiage, illustrations, apparel, abstract art and design to create what he calls “Graphic Poetry.” Upendo is a Watts, California native, artist, designer, and lover of life. His inspiration is drawn from the streets, sports, music, fashion, friends, political and social issues, pop culture, cartoon characters and his favorite food – the hamburger. Through hand drawn skills, computer design and a can of paint, Upendo has developed an original design aesthetic that has led to collaborations with a wide variety of brands and artists. In 2005 Upendo partnered with Ron Upperman, and together, two artists started the apparel brand, Leroy Jenkins, which has built a global audience.
The Artist Tree Koreatown is the permanent home to an original mural and a custom painting by Upendo.
Matty Mo is a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist best known for creating the conceptual art group, “The Most Famous Artist.” Through this platform, Monahan makes social media-themed installations, performance art and exhibitions to challenge viewers to examine how technology and the Internet impact society. Mo is a multi media artist who has created numerous murals throughout the city, including the “most instagrammable wall” in Venice. His moniker, The Most Famous Artist, pokes fun at our social media driven culture.
Mo’s colorful geometric mural spans the entire exterior of The Artist Tree Koreatown storefront.
Hunter Reynolds has his roots in Los Angeles. As a runaway gay teenager, he escaped to LA in 1975 at the age of 15. He experienced 1970s West Hollywood, attended the Fashion Institute Design and Merchandising, and graduated from the Otis Parsons School of Art and Design in 1984.
Reynolds notes, “I could not have survived that journey which as you can imagine was filled with difficult obstacles and amazing stories. It was the new Gay and Lesbian Services Center which had just opened and the many gay men I had met of the 70’s who helped to mentor me through that difficult time, and I owe them and their spirits eternal gratitude.”
His pieces, “Healing Hands Flying With Patina du Prey” and “Healing Hands on the Beach” represent that gratitude and is currently on display at The Artist Tree. (Gold hands photographed by George Lyter. Patina du Prey photographed by Michael Wakefield.)
Danielle Garza aka “Ellierex” is a Los Angeles-based mixed media and installation artist. An avid practitioner of paper marbling, Ellierex captures swirled, kaleidoscopic colors and intricately designed patterns painted from an aqueous surface and then transfers them onto paper or fabric. She uniquely combines traditional marbling methods with her own innovative and meditative techniques, utilizing the concepts of intuitive or automatic painting. The “flow” within her work creates a space where viewer’s minds can truly wander.
Ellierex’s creative achievements include large-scale installation public artworks, album covers for musical recording artists, print design for film and television, and exhibitions throughout galleries across the United States. For The Artist Tree West Hollywood, she created an original, mesmerizing mural, which adorns the walls of the store’s VIP shopping lounge.
Contemporary American artist Jahlil Nzinga seeks to transform the art world from the inside out with his highly emotional visual art, avant-garde techniques, and an understanding that an artist cannot be separated from any component of his life-affirming work.
Nzinga understands his art to be the purest expression of himself. So improvisational is his work that he equates it to a passion murder—exploding with emotion and without constraint or premeditated design. Nzinga has no desire to instruct his audience by using literal imagery but instead calls his viewers to wonder, be provoked, and conjure individual interpretation and analysis of his often-surreal renderings.
Nzinga created a custom floor-to-ceiling mural in his trademark freehand style for The Artist Tree West Hollywood. The mural, positioned at the rear of the retail showroom and the entryway to the VIP shopping lounge, inspires viewers to examine each of Nzinga’s unique interpretations of the human face.
The Couto Brothers are two self-taught artists who share a passion merging their kaleidoscopic style with cultural imagery in contrasting ways.
As brothers who were raised in Brooklyn and Brazil, and having traveled extensively around the world, they connected later in their lives to suddenly create works of art together and simultaneously.
Their work juxtaposes historical and social themes against bright colors and shapes to channel a refreshing perspective and challenge the ideas of the world. The Couto Brothers’ original “Wish You Were Here” mural welcomes visitors to The Artist Tree West Hollywood, reaffirming The Artist Tree’s mission of creating a welcoming destination for community, cannabis, and art.