Kim was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, and grew up in the DMV. She currently lives in the foggy hills of Daly City in San Francisco’s Bay Area. Kim received her BFA in Visual Arts/Photography from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is pursuing her MFA at San Francisco State University. She will complete her Masters in spring of 2016.
Carla Catalina’s works portray what she has felt and still feels for her own psychological reflection & hypersensitive pain. It is a visual analogy of the physical as well as emotional stress of her body, mind, & spirit. These may be seen as disturbing/dark images of a negative abstract existence; yet if we look beyond the image we can see as a whole, it unifies, representing the strength & sensuality of the only person she knows how to be.
Ricafort received his BFA degree from San José State University in California, US. His paintings emerge from the abstraction of memory, forming multi-layered contrasts of splashy color and jangly lines that give birth to obscure anthropomorphic shapes and other figurative elements. The works display a post-modernist cynicism over all things pure, yet acknowledging the inescapable connection with its own self, negotiating to make the personal over the philosophical, and to accentuate subjectivity over orthodoxy.
Born in 1964, the University of Santo Thomas graduate in Fine Arts pulled it together and came to grips with the changes of his adopted country. He left his advertising job, and is now employed as a graphic designer for the California Department of Transportation. He also enjoys tattooing; making illustrations and doing graphics design on the side. Happily, with the support and love of his wife and children, Vera Cruz has reached a happy balance with life and his art.
Rea de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, print media, and sculpture. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she immigrated to the United States as a teenager. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009, and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. She has shown her work throughout Chicago and the Bay Area. Recently, her piece After Maria Clara’s Piña Fiber Sleeve was featured at Emergent Art Space and ARTslant, where it was awarded ARTslant’s 6th 2014 Showcase Juried Winner in the mixed-media category.
The themes in Michael Sacramento's work are based on the idea of memory and emotional connections. Each subject is tied to a particular experience - whether real or imagined. Michael's aesthetic style is influenced by traditional, pop, illustration and contemporary design. The resulting body of work forms the unique representation of his artistic perception.
Maria is a freelance illustrator and exhibiting artist based in Oakland CA. She received her BFA in illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco CA. She has exhibited in galleries such as 111 Minna, Wonderland SF, Warehouse 416, Cartoon Museum, Rock Paper Scissors to name a few, as well as an artist exhibitor for the Oakland Art Murmur, San Francisco Art Fair, and East Bay Open Studios.
Topher Maka is a Filipino-American painter and illustrator in San Francisco, CA. Influenced largely by Asian-American vantages, street art, nature, and community, his art seeks to teach & provide empowering narratives. Using vibrant colors and personally expressive themes, the aim is to provoke and engage in ineludible conversations. Many of his works discuss the issue of increasing visibility of cultural self-worth through magnified and illustrative interpretations in effort to feed the soul.
Justin Pastores is a painter and draftsman based in Alameda. Pastores received a B.F.A. in Traditional Arts from CSUEB in 2015. His work focuses on acculturation, nature, and concepts of contrasting relationships using figures, landscapes, and abstraction. Pastores is an avid plein air painter and participates in annual plein air events.
Pamela Ybañez is a conceptual artist that works in video, photography and painting. Her art deals with personal and social investigations as a way to discuss existing societal conditions around inequality and identity. Along with making art, she enjoys being a mom and biking around Oakland where she resides with her family.
Jose Johann Bitancor is a Filipino painter and graphic designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Far Eastern University in the Philippines. Prior to his migration to the United States, his creative outputs were devoted entirely to the Applied Arts, particularly Exhibition Design and Collateral Design. Upon his first settlement in Memphis Tennessee, his innate inkling to work with hands and play with materials has led to experiments in woodcarving and wire sculptures. He pursued a short stint at the University of Memphis-Tennessee to further increase his knowledge and feed his then growing appetite for the Fine Arts. His efforts quickly led to his participation in local art groups’ events and managed to receive a Portfolio Merit Scholarship from the Memphis College of Art-Tennessee.
Jordan Maliksi received his MFA from San Jose State University and currently resides in San Jose. He has shown throughout the Bay Area as a painter and draftsman working in a variety of media.
Marcius Noceda was born in Olongapo City, Philippines and moved to the United States when he was 15. He first studied painting in Ventura Community College and graduated with a BFA in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He currently works at the Hunters point shipyard artist studio.