Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre is the author of Urban Politics: The Political Culture of Sur 13 Gangs, The NAFTA Blueprint, and A Grave Situation. Last year he co-curated the LA Art Show special exhibition, Dark Progressivism: Metropolis Rising. He is the writer/director of the upcoming feature documentary film, Dark Progressivism, an urban studies film that follows the trajectory of Los Angeles gang graffiti, murals, and tattoo art, and their impact on contemporary art. He writes extensively about art and culture in Los Angeles, with articles published in the Huffington Post, Cartwheel Art Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and he is currently a graduate student in the creative writing department at Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Skyler Grey has been showing his graffiti-based art since her turned 13, just three years ago. The subject of numerous news features and articles, he showed last year in Miami and has a solo show opening February 11, presented by Pop Art Society. Follow Skyler on instagram.
Steve Grody, is the author of Graffiti LA: Street Syles and Art, historian and photographer. In 2011 his photographs were in the MOCA “Art of the Streets” show and catalogue, and he was co-curator of “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. He is also our Cartwheel Art Tours graffiti expert. More about Steve.
Michelle Helseth, an LA native who has been connected to art and fashion for over twenty years. She is the owner of Natives Boutique in Eagle Rock, formerly Franklin Village in Hollywood.
Paul Koudounaris, aka Dr. Paul K., is an internationally renown author and photographer. He has a PhD in Art History and his publications in the field of charnel house and ossuary research have made him a well-known figure in the field of macabre art and art history. He is the author of Empire of Death, Heavenly Bodies and Memento More about Paul.
Marc Trujillo, is a painter who depicts places common to North American urban and suburban landscapes such as big chain and warehouse stores, gas stations, shopping malls, and chain restaurants. He has been awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at Santa Monica College and has covered art fairs in past for us. More about Mark.