A 'brassy' artist

Imitating Life

Cailey Passer is new to Long Beach, but she says she truly feels at home in the SoCal city. Originally from New York, between the Hudson Valley and the Adirondacks, Passer spent a year in Las Vegas then moved to Echo Park in Los Angeles for a year before making her way to the place…

Coloring his world

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Yet another talented artist I discovered by flipping through images on Instagram is Byron Rhodes, a 34-year-old originally from Bakersfield. He now lives in Pasadena with his wife, Jill. Rhodes has a bachelor’s of art from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Although he currently works as a “pest-control technician,” he’s pursuing his dream…

Blood brothers

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One of the vendors to whom I gravitated at this year’s Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival in Long Beach were the Te brothers, who make horror- and sci-fi-related tee shirts, as well as other merchandise such as coffee mugs and buttons. The rich, saturated colors of their designs– especially against black backgrounds– immediately grabbed…

Imitating Life Posing Questions to local artist Vincent Mattina

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor California Heights resident Vincent Mattina’s day job is art director/designer in the garment industry doing branding and packaging, but in his free time he creates highly detailed, incredibly imaginative mixed-media pieces that take the Steampunk approach to more sophisticated, surrealistic places. The 53-year-old has a bachelor’s degree in illustration and fine…

Imitating Life: Posing questions for local artist Robert Delgadillo

Cory Bilicko: Managing Editor Pop-culture icons converge with minimalism in artist Robert Delgadillo’s work. The 43-year-old says he’s a big fan of the motto “Less is more,” and this philosophy is evident in his mixed-media/digital portrayals of celebrities. Current stars like Rihanna, Pink and Katy Perry grace his portfolio, but so do pop mainstays like…