Potholes and Equity by Jose Loza

The problem of potholes may appear insignificant in comparison to issues such as violence, property crime, and access to affordable housing to name a few and I would agree with you. Potholes seen through the lens of economic inequality and access to resources is a different story. Those nasty dips in the road can be an indicator of greater problems facing a neighborhood in terms of an equitable allocation of public resources.

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Presence of the Invisible by Jose Loza

 Presencia de lo Invisible

My approach to this concept started with research into family immigration narratives. These stories deal with themes of separation, reunion, humor, and loss. 

The mural is a snapshot of a girl who was separated from her family and is in search of them with the help of her mystical coyote.  

This art project is a practice in opening up discussions into our own origin stories and hopefully draw attention to the inhumane treatment of people only looking for a safe place to land.  

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Stories of Boundaries by Jose Loza


Exhibition on view now at the Collaborative Gallery

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lisa DeSmidt 562-435-ARTS ext.104 lisa.desmidt@artslb.org

Stories of Boundaries Professional Artist Fellows Exhibition

Long Beach, CA— Stories of Boundaries, a culminating exhibition for Arts Council for Long Beach’s 2017–2018 Professional Artist Fellows, opens Saturday, August 18, from 6–9 p.m. The exhibition features four Long Beach artists whose work exemplify artistic merit and professional achievement. The fellows are Kristin Beeler, Jose Loza, Brittany Mojo, and Gerardo Monterrubio. Tasha Hunter, Arts Council President, said “The Professional Artist Fellow grant program helps highlight and applaud the work of our local creatives that have chosen this expressive path. I always look forward to this time of year because it brings forth welcomed excitement and anticipation for what’s to come.”

A ‘boundary’ is a real or imagined line that marks an edge or limit. Boundaries separate spaces, objects, and ideas; they mark the end of one thing and the beginning of another. The fellows use their work to tell narratives about boundaries - be they points in time or marking human experience. Arts Council Executive Director Griselda Suarez said, “This exhibition invites people to engage with their inner dialogue and inquire just how they express boundaries within various communities.”

Kristin Beeler creates contemporary jewelry, photography, and objects. Through the series Archive of Rag and Bone, Beeler explores memory and the marks and traces left behind. The work is a collection of objects and images that touch upon the seen and unseen psychological boundary of the body and memories that exist in objects.

Jose Loza explores stories of migration and the boundaries between borders, language, generations, and cultures. Loza’s interests lie in family narratives and his work tackles themes of separation, reunion, humor, and loss. Through interviews and oral histories, Loza seeks to share stories that have been previously invisible, lost or untold. Loza’s paintings serve as entry points to migration narratives.

Brittany Mojo investigates the histories of gendered work through the manipulation of material. Objects like vessels, chairs, lamps, tools, bikes, and furniture confront sculpture and craft, fine art and design and the real or imagined hierarchy between them. The work questions the boundary of the gallery in relation to the studio, the artist, and the observer.

Gerardo Monterrubio uses the ceramic medium as an anthropological investigation. Monterrubio uses forms as vehicles to compose linear and fragmented narratives. By

creating contemporary artifacts, Monterrubio seeks to understand and interpret cultural paradigms, socio-political practices, mythologies, and the human experience of the worlds that created them.

Stories of Boundaries is a project of the Arts Council for Long Beach. The exhibition will be on view at the Collaborative Gallery (421 W. Broadway) through September 28, with gallery hours Wednesday–Saturday from 12:30–5 p.m.

For more information about the Professional Artist Fellows visit our grants page. For more information about the Collaborative Gallery visit the gallery page.


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.


For more information you can visit: www.hbsands.org

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.