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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

Houston has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Vanessa Tellez

I primarily shot weddings a few years back and I found my love for it slowly dying. That’s when I went back to portrait work, and it’s given me life for the past few years. I don’t know where it actually fits in my future or even in my current life, but I’m still doing it until it no longer brings me joy. Thank you, Marie Kondo. Read more>>

Shanae’a Moore

I never stop digging deeper into my character and finding the truth of them to share with an audience. I have learned through physical, and emotional pain, how great the need is for healing. I found that healing in many forms of art. I just hope to be one of those tools that inspire healing, growth, and peace for the world. Read more>>

Natalie Green

I fell in love with the art and with myself. After all, I’m not the average model. I’m not 5’7”+, I’m 5’2”. I’m not a size 2, I’m plus sized. My body type isn’t typically the type you’d see in magazines, but it’s realistic. I want to be a realistic model, that women feel inspired by. I want those that see my photos to feel like they don’t have to look like an Instagram model to feel beautiful. Read more>>

Hiroshi Sato

My paintings mostly consist of figure in environment subject matter. I am interested in the ideas of perception where our mind is a self-contained world interfacing with the external world. I am interested in the moments of our life where this idea reveals itself to the perceiver. Read more>>

Drew Graves

I use art as a way to be in the present. I breathe deeply, try to relax and let my mind wander. I hope that my art inspires people to go outside and really appreciate what Nature provides us. The world is so beautiful but most of the time people are too busy looking at their phones to see what’s right in front of them. Read more>>

Austin Uzor

I find inspiration for my work by interacting with my immediate environment and most times from the most unlikely sources, everything around me inspires me and as such, I pay attention to my environment because every single object has a story and most of them are yet untold. Read more>>

Stephen Brady Dietert

The craftsmanship of songwriting and storytelling are the aspects of performing music that most interest me. I was raised in the small Texas Hill Country town of Kerrville which is noted for it’s Folk Music Festival. However, in my youth, I wasn’t specifically attracted to “folk” music. Read more>>

Fendi Face

I want to inspire people to be themselves no matter what their circumstances are. Make art because you like it and don’t be afraid to be different… I’m currently working on a tape that normally doesn’t have that traditional “Trap” sound what’s going on today but it still has the essence of a Trap type of vibe. I want to experiment with different sounds and blend genres together on my tape call Natas. Read more>>

Wilson Chaney

I eventually I got myself together and graduated with a associates degree in Communication and this past semester I enrolled at Texas Southern University where I am currently a Junior studying Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Radio/TV/Film. When I came to Houston, I felt like the plan for my life started to lay out in front of me. Read more>>

Jane Ajuzie

That was one of the most difficult decisions I ever had to make but I knew it was time. My parents couldn’t believe it! In 2016, I left my family and friends and I packed my things and drove 16hrs to Houston, where I officially started my journey as an Artist. Read more>>

Bobby Mack

I started off doing oil realism paintings and thats where I started seeing a small income and a possible (art) career path. Fast forward four years later, and I got my tattoo apprenticeship under Fidel Casillas in Pasadena tx and started doing the ol tatters. Once I found the industry it was hard to picture my self doing anything else. Read more>>

Giovanna Bartoli

I am inspired and influenced by the country where I live, by the Renaissance culture and by the Flemish School. I have had a sound academic education and a thorough traditional and figurative formation. Besides my academic studies, I attended for many years the “bottega” (workshop) of a painter, Marcello Tommasi, in Pietrasanta, where I became a specialist in drawing and oil painting. Read more>>

Jan-Mitchell Avilés

I find that my work takes more value when I ask “why.” My creative ability is so much larger than myself – this life is meant to grow together, build incredible things & find value and beauty in our differences. I strive for this to be the heartbeat of my work. Read more>>

Heather L. Johnson

Most of my adult life I’ve spent fighting this restlessness through repeated efforts to grow roots in places where I had relationships and career opportunities. Inevitably I would grew bored after a number of years in each situation, the attraction to the “new” asserting its tedious and predictable pull. Read more>>

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