FOR THE LOVE OF L.A.
For the Love of L.A. highlights the broad and expansive array of Angeleno creativity across diverse disciplines and geographies. New artists and works of art will be posted every Tuesday for a 13-week period. More than 35 artists in total will be featured with a platform to express their views of Los Angeles that are relevant and reflective of the current time through music, dance and visual culture.
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The city of Los Angeles inspires me because its beauty constantly urges me to imagine. My South L.A. community is filled with dreamers that strive for a better tomorrow despite any obstacle that arrives their way. The strength of my neighborhood has always pushed me to dream big and continue to value where I come from.
Amani Holbert is a painter from South Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in painting, drawing and art history. Since graduating, Holbert has worked as a visual arts instructor within the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as a painting instructor for a woman-owned paint party business.
Drawing inspiration from the work of Frida Kahlo and Kerry James Marshall, her colorful paintings depict Black history and contemporary life. She recently served as the lead artist for a new mural work designed for USC's Center of Black Cultural and Student Affairs, collaborating with a team that included L.A. Commons, USC student Keviette Minor, and a dozen local youth artists.
My creative vision for the future is for the members of my community to be free to be themselves artistically and unapologetically. I have hopes that visual art and the creative process will continue to be used as a vehicle for change and understanding of our unique culture.