This work is a hopeful piece calling for the reunification kids with their families. The story of kids being stripped away from loved ones is the continuation of xenophobic policies pointedly enacted by this current administration. The inhumane treatment of people seeking refuge is a sad state for our country but there is ultimately hope because of all the people opposed to these practices. #keepfamiliestogether

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Registration is now open for my introductory and Intermediate Painting classes offered at Huntington Beach Art center. Learn painting fundamentals, explore new techniques, or brush up on your acrylic painting techniques. These classes are open to  teens and adults. 

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AZUL, Acrylic Portrait Progress by Jose Loza

A recent portrait commission painted with acrylics paints of a young lady. I have included some information on the process of creating the portrait. My style of painting is influenced by my mural painting experience and on a portrait this size the process is similar too. 

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Expo Art Center June 2nd by Jose Loza

Stop on by June 2nd for the First Fridays Artwalk in Bixby Knolls in Long Beach.

I will be displaying some art, doing some live portrait painting, selling some small studies and merchandise.

Expo Art Center 4321 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807



Winter 2017 Painting Classes by Jose Loza

I am offering two new classes at Huntington Beach Art Center this winter term. Each class is 5 weeks long and focuses on painting with Acrylics.


Intro to Acrylics #150135-4A

January 10th to February 7th 2017.  Tuesday evenings 6:00pm to 7:45pm

The course is designed to introduce the basic elements of acrylic painting. All skill levels are welcome. All students will explore the many ways paint can be handled through demonstrations and observation based painting. Instruction will be given on preparation of materials, explore color, light, texture, transparency, composition, and technique.

My second course is  

Intermediate Acrylic  #150152-4A

February 21 to March 21st. 2017   Tuesday evenings 6:00pm to 7:45pm

The course is designed to explore advanced techniques in acrylic painting with an emphasizing on color theory, glazing, and mixed media work. Students will work with the instructor to set up personal project goals for the term.


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Ramblers let's get Ramblin' by Jose Loza

In the past year I have taken up the hobby of plein air painting. It is a great way to get out of the studio and take on a new perspective. My recent concern was on how to put together a kit which is portable, lightweight, and still allowed the ability to create good work. This kit is made for painting small works in tight spaces and can be used with any dry media, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic.

There are plenty of ways to customize your own kit just as i took inspiration from other setups. This assembly is for my new watercolor painting pursuit. I love how portable the media is and plan to take it with me hiking to new areas.

My setup up is made to fit in a backpack with three separate compartments, side straps, and back straps. The exterior of the backpack will hold a water container, a fold-out stool, and shade umbrella setup. 


The VEO-204 AB is my new favorite thing. It's small enough to fit inside a normal backpack yet large enough to hold or your materials while painting. A nice feature about this tripod is the light weight aluminum body, small ball head, 4 section legs with three angel options.

Tripod attachments are all made out of wood. Magnets are used to hold the palette, pencil sharpener, and water cup. Clamps hold a sketch book to the wood backing. The flat surface of the clamps do not leave an indentation on the surface of the book.


I will post more updates as I continue to work and take it on the road.

Opening Night Social Justice Exhibition, Santa Ana by Jose Loza

This Saturday August 6th is the opening of the Chicano/Latino Artists United for Social Justice Exhibition. I will have a couple pieces on display along with other artists.

This is a group show featuring artists:
Emigdio Vasquez, Higgy Vasquez, Enrique Brito, Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill, Josh Correa, Abram Moya Jr., James Rocha, Jess, Benjamin, Valenzuela, Mriyana Negrette, Gregg Stone, Marina Aguilera, Henry Godines, Cynthia Bustus, Matthew Barrios Southgate, Roger Reyas, Carlos Callejo, Maria Reyna, Ignacio Gomez, Federico Medina, Ricardo Duffy, Emerson Menjivar, Ronnie Ramos, Celestino Orozco, Guillermo Avalos,Jose Loza, Moises Camacho, Alicia Rojas,Cuezalin Rios, Armando Cepeda.

Curated by: Abe Moya

August 6 - September 10,2016

Public Reception: Saturday, August 6th.  6PM - 10PM

117 North Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA. 92701
(714) 667-1517

The Reason for the exhibition "Chicano/Latino Artists United for Social Justice" is to express feelings and ideas through art on issues in the Chicano/Latino community that feel neglected. Art is one way to express feelings about issues without going into the streets, as we have all seen in the news media. Many strides in the Chicano and Latino community have been made. However, there is much work to be done. From education, immigration, labor to fair compensation and labor of women in the workplace, and to address the overall historical injustices done to the Chicano and Latino. This exhibit is not to be negative but to educate and inspire to move forward towards a positive future. Art is just one avenue to reach that goal.

This exhibit will enrich and benefit the community by not only expressing issues but to show different art styles. The artists in the exhibition are young and old, male and female, Santa Ana residents and artists from the local area. By showcasing artists from diverse backgrounds and art styles giving them positive recognition for their creativity has rarely been shown in Orange County.