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Thought-Provokers: West Loop

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 West Loop that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Voltaire Paredes

There has been this cycle of finding myself, finding creative ways to express myself, losing myself, and then creating myself again. It was much more romantic when I was younger. It’s difficult at times to understand that the great gift is an eye that sees truth, a heart that feels deeply, and a purpose to exist. Read more>>

Brian Dodd

I always like drawing creatures of my imagination that I name. In Middle School, my art teacher allowed me an entire wall of the classroom for my drawings. They used one of my drawings for the cover of the graduation program at Pin Oak MIddle School. After graduating Lamar High School in 2008. Read more>>

Vivian Pastor

I started my schooling here in Houston at The Glassell school of art. At a very young age I knew that I loved art and was very serious on pursuing that dream. I took all the classes I needed to take at Glassell and Lone Star College, drawing, painting, printmaking, and then ceramic. Read more>>

Sean Anthony

Opening my own salon and now having a satellite location before the age of 30 has brought me a sense of fulfillment while simultaneously feeding an ever growing fire to continually grow, learn, and help other stylists achieve their own goals. Read more>>

Angie Guerra

My journey began with photographing rescue animals to help with adoption, several years ago. This is where ARGPhotography was born as my full passion for photography took off with each image that made a difference in the lives of the rescue animals. Read more>>

Mark Nasso

In 1986 I discovered Marvel Comics and I was instantly addicted. About a year later I discovered the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and the explosion of other black and white independent comics that were popular around that time. Read more>>

Tam Minh Nguyen

I started sharing these concepts publicly to my then-inactive Instagram account. The drawings were mostly absurd and lowbrow, but my friends loved these ridiculous ideas I put out. As such, I decided to share more and more of my doodles. Strangers from the internet began following my work with interest. Read more>>

Mohammed Fawzi Ghanayem

I get so much joy out of using the camera to tell a story, to get the lighting right, with the right background, with the right colors scheme. My skills and talent have really had the chance to grow and flourish over the last two years with Farouk Systems. Read more>>

Saida Fagala-Hag

I loved bright colors and made big complicated compositions depicting women dressed in a heavily ornamented Azeri costumes. I think women were always my most favorite subjects! Read more>>

Juliann Lancon

Art has always been a part of my life. I have family who are Native American artist so the gift has been passed down to me. I grew up always needing to do something creative! Read more>>

Michelle Matthews

Art become an integral part of my life about 20 years ago. On a whim I took pottery classes at Foelber Pottery on Richmond Ave and knew I had found my passion. Read more>>

Gary Paller

I’m a Los Angeles artist, and I’ve shown my work extensively around the world, particularly in Europe. I have had the opportunity to visit Houston twice. The first time was in 1995 to see if I could find a gallery to represent my work. Read more>>

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