I am a first generation Filipino-American born and raised in Alameda.I utilize my art to document my journey of self discovery through my pre-colonial ancestry as a means to connect with myself. As I share my journey and express myself through art, I hope that others will connect with their own ancestral history to see their lives in a new perspective. I encourage you, the viewer, to learn, un-learn, and re-learn your knowledge to unite better in solidarity. These past months I’ve frequented The Healing Garden often to commemorate the paintings that advocate for justice and it makes me proud to be part of this community.
I came out as queer, to myself even, later in life at 41. It was a revelation that I am still working through. I have been very fortunate to find love with a gender non-conforming artist who makes space for me to be myself, and encourages my artwork. This has been the most freeing experience of my life. Art helps me process life, heal, and express myself.
The content of my work is strongly connected to my life story, visualised through the lens of my cultural identity. Documenting the mundane as well as the powerful, as a way to praise everyday people who are often overlooked, yet whose existence is the embodiment and legacy of the historical struggle and beauty.
Margaret Belton is a creative powerhouse and the consummate bohemian artist.. While visual art has always been her foundation, music has been a continuous heartbeat throughout her creative life. In 2010, she busted out of her shy performance closet and started a Patsy Cline Tribute band which then paved way to theater, film, voice-over, and on camera work. In addition to continuing her music and acting pursuits, Belton is a co-owner of Realm Art + Design, specializing in art installations, commissions and murals, home and commercial interiors, beautifying spaces throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Margaret is so honored to be a part of this beautiful project encompassing music, art and community.
I am a moody artist and I paint with my heart And soul. My art becomes life once it is done living within my mind. The release Happens quickly and once it is done, I don’t Go back. Much like everything in Life it is all Perfectly Flawed. - ThaSun
My name is Nicole Mendoza and I'm a Chicanx visual artist. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, but I started taking it more seriously in 2015 when I was admitted into Oakland School for the Arts. Being born and raised in the Bay Area and growing up around people with different ethnicities and identities has shaped my political point of view which I sometimes portray in my work. I like to explore obscure themes without it being obvious. I believe that this allows a sort of magic to happen when the audience gets to wonder and bring their own personal meaning to art.
I am a local East Bay BIPOC artist who is all about developing those key inclusive spaces that bring people together in the spirit of equality and understanding. I believe in creating work that offers information and tools to strengthen our communities.
There's nothing I won't draw. Also, there's not many inanimate objects I don't talk to. I dream of my art, sometimes it consumes me, it grabs ahold, and it's all I think about. I have to put things on paper, or into the digital world. If I don't, I will possibly implode. I create art for art's sake. It's pure and satisfying.
I was drawn to this project because of the call for queer BIPOC artists. I think it’s important for diverse voices to be heard, especially during this moment where racial injustices and violence are all too presence in our daily life. This is also a great opportunity to build community in the West End and connect with other local artists.