Exhibition History

November 14, 2016

#FA4JTREE at Midnight Gallery

Since our return from the deserts of Joshua Tree we have made a variety of works inspired by the vast star studded skies we slept below to the urban environment we have returned to. Our show will represent these moments. Your senses will travel through landscape, figure, mixed media, paint, and sculpture. Join us for a night reminiscing, and connecting in a dynamic art space filled with poetry and live music only to get funky to the fresh vinyl beats of Uncultured Pixel. FA4 Collective will be installing work at the Midnight Gallery and The Stache Bar just down the stairs. See you there

November 13, 2016

South Bay Focus 2016
Cynthia Lujan, Jenny Aguirre, Jerry Pena, and Romina Del Castillo from FA4 Collective.

November 19 – December 16, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19th, 6-9pm


The Torrance Art Museum (TAM) invites the public to attend the opening reception of our annual South Bay Focus exhibition on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 6 – 9 pm. The reception is free to the public with no RSVP necessary.
South Bay Focus is a contemporary and traditional art juried exhibition presented in conjunction with the Torrance Artists Guild and the South Bay Watercolor Society. SBF is open to all artists living or working in the South Bay area, including Long Beach and San Pedro. This year’s Juror is renowned curator and art critic, Peter Frank, and we are excited for the show he chose.

August 16, 2016

Midnight Gallery: Back To Basics


Fellow Fa4 member Chris Hernandez will be having a solo exhibition at Midnight Gallery from August 25th to September 10th. Open reception will be held Thursday, August 25th from 7pm to 10pm.  Stop by! The gallery is located upstairs above The Stache Bar.

August 9, 2016

Audio Video Disco Gallery: Altar Ego


ALTAR Ego is a show exploring the theme of non- traditional Altars- painting, installation, and video. Artists Gloria Sanchez, Antonio Lopez, and Monica Martinez will be exhibiting their most recent work at the AVD Gallery in Pomona. Stop by and join the open reception Saturday, August 13th from 6pm to 10pm. It will be taking place along with Pomona’s monthly Artwork with live music and food. There’s plenty to see and explore.

August 7, 2016

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery


The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) are pleased to present Open Call 2016: Play. Congratulation to members Cynthia Lujan, Courtney Heiser, Emily Babette, and Romina Del Castillo, they will be participating in this fabulous exhibition. Hope you can make it!

Opening reception: Sunday, August 14, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation.

Exhibition Dates: August 18 to September 18, 2016
Time: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Admission: FREE

August 5, 2016

Frist Friday + Allery Gallery

Joshua Tree, acrylic on wooden panel, 96″ x 48″ (2016)

This month of August the FA4 Collective will be taking over the Allery again! Don’t miss the opening for the Allery at First Fridays Long Beach, June 3rd from 6pm to 9:30pm. Elizabeth Carranza, Romina Del Castillo, Jeff Dulla, and Gloria Elisa Margarita Sanchez will be exhibiting their work of four  panels inspired by the collective’s upcoming Joshua Tree Residency, don’t miss out!
(off Atlantic and Burlington 6-9pm)

July 21, 2016

Long Beach Post: Long Beach Artists Gives The Stache Bar a Fresh Face


Article by Asia Morris: https://lbpost.com/life/arts-culture/2000009251-partners-in-crime

Thank you to everybody who came out on Sunday and helped us celebrate the completion of our mural “Cómplices (Partners in Crime)” for The Stash! We had an amazing time!
We’d also like to give a shout out to all the local businesses who donated towards your fundraising: BO-beau kitchen + bar , Far Outfit, The HipPea, anandamide : psychedelicatessen, The Attic on Broadway, Artistic Edge Art & Framing, and Rolling Rock. Thank you for supporting local artists, and contributing to this visionary momentum.

Last but not least, we’d like to thank The Stache Bar Long Beach, for setting us to the assignment and believing in us, and Pabst Blue Ribbon a generous sponsor. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege working with you guys, cheers!

July 7, 2016

The Stache Bar: Partners in Crime/Complices


The Fa4 Collective is please to announce that they will be working on mural all week long from July 8th to 17th along with Long Beach spectacular event, Pow Wow. This is an amazing opportunity to watch the city transform as its local artists take over the walls and walkways of Long Beach city streets. The Fa4 Collective has decided to take on an independent project helping to transform the community and also become more immersed in it. Their mission for the mural is to bring people together, volunteer hours to bring something positive in the community and everyday life.

“This city is definitely thriving with artist out here, just like them and we love what they do and it feels good to know that they can share it and people appreciate these kinds of acts.” – local residence

We will be celebrating the completion of FA4 Collective first collaborative mural and our show at the Midnight Gallery located next to The Stache Bar. Come join us for our opening reception Sunday, July 17th from 5pm to 10pm in Long Beach. We will be having live music and comedy, DJ sets, and raffle prizes! Proceeds will go towards our Joshua Tree artist residency this summer. See you there!

July 2, 2016

FA4 Collective Annual Group Show


Come and celebrated our 3rd annual group exhibition at the AVD Gallery in Pomona this Saturday July 9th from 7pm to 9pm. Which will also be taking place during Pomona’s Artwork. The gallery is located on the corner of Parcels and 2nd Street, food and refreshments will be provided. Stop by and enjoy the evening air with some music and check out all the great venue for the night. Don’t forget to stop by and chat with local artists Romina, Glori, Gianina, Adrien, Chris, Annie, and Jeff who’ll be attending the show.

July 2, 2016

Signal Hill: Upon Us

mixed media on wooden panel, 5″ x 5″ (2016)

Signal Hill Commons present Upon Us, a solo exhibition by artist Maggie Freed. The open reception will be held Saturday July 2nd at 6pm. This is a solo exhibition exploring process, pattern and repetition. It is a invention equal to creation, tiny worlds that are individual yet one simultaneously coexisting in one place at one time. It is a celebration of existence when moments can become one with one another. Though highly abstract differences can make the most out of unity.

July 1, 2016

Solo Exhibition with Francisco Palomares

Francisco Palmores, Everyday is Your Day, pastel on paper,

Check out Francisco Palomares’s larger than life drawings at First Fridays Long Beach July 1st from 6pm to 9:30pm. “I’ll be exhibiting a series in progress that I have been working on since the beginning of the year. A combination of large scale drawings on paper and mixed media paintings. See you all there.”

Interview with Francisco Palmores

What is the body of work about?

You could say I capture characters. People that are in my life. Like these are real people that make up your world. It is also a visual journal. I express stories or narratives that tell of a feeling or Moment that I am experiencing.

That titles are very important because they are like a way to enter the piece to kinda get context for about what your looking at … I like my more work to be larger than life so you can experience it next to you like your going into a scene your visiting that space you become part of that story.

June 14, 2016

Guest Speaker: Muralist Gregory Pickens


Last Tuesday we had the pleasure and the privilege to have muralist Gregory Pickens as guest speaker for our monthly meetings. Thank you for sharing all your insights and experiences with us!

Gregory Navarro Pickens is a local muralist living in Long Beach, California. He is an art teacher at Wresterly School and is the co-founder of two non-profit art agencies – Artists Reaching Kids (ARK) and The Art Exchange where he is currently serving as Board Chair.

He is an active member of the art community teaching full time the varied disciplinary of art making from kindergarten to 8th grade. Greg’s teaching methods focuses on nurturing a child’s understanding of their own individuality and creativity. His work and love for the arts is much appreciated in the Long Beach community. You can find him every 2nd Saturday at the Artwalk in Downtown Long Beach, currently teaching at The ArtExchange Summer Camp (currently under renovation). Temporary location is 927 Pine Ave.

And since you’re wondering… we are thrilled to announce that the collective will be painting some murals in Long Beach this summer! Stay tuned for more info!

June 11, 2016

AVD Gallery: Duality

Untitled 1/2 & 2/2, mixed media on canvas, 36″ x 48″ (2016)

Interview with Emily Babette

Why Duality?

Figurative and abstract art appear to be on opposite sides of the spectrum due to the creative process behind their production. However, their differences can end up supporting each other in unexpected ways. In this show by Maggie Freed and Emily Babette, we aim to explore the dualities of figurative and abstract: how do they compare and contrast? One may find that there are similarities as well as apparent differences.

The duality we were exploring were the dual aspects of portraiture. One side being literal representational (objective) portraiture and the other being psychological (subjective) portraiture depicted in a abstract manner. I think what was great is that these two opposing forms of portraiture were able to find harmonies and rift off each other when put together in a shared space.

June 4, 2016

The Bulletin: Exchange with the Artist Romina Del Castillo

Punky Llama Party, mixed media on panels, 7.5″ x 5.5″ (2016)

“Romina del Castillo is a Long Beach artist with a Peruvian background. After leaving Peru, she came to finish her studies in California and has become a successful artist in her own right.”

The Bulletin: Exchange With the Artist by Melina Cervantes http://www.thebulletinweekly.com/news/2016-06-01/News/Focus_on_the_Arts.html

June 1, 2016

LAXART: Slanguage


FA4 members Cynthia Luján, Monica Andreina Martinez, Gloria Elisa Margarita Sanchez, and Marlene Tafoya will be part of this radical art show with Slanguage, in an exhibition and mini art museum. ‪Along with artists Kristin Calabrese, Joshua Aster, Jillian Mayer, and Warren Neidich. Open reception is Saturday, June 4th from 7pm to 9pm.

Join us next Saturday June 4th for an amazing line up for our opening at Slanguage Studio in Hollywood! MIni Art Museum x Slanguage Studio and Safe Space Video Screenings!

May 14, 2016

AVD Gallery Presents: Cavity by Courtney Heiser

Courtney Heiser, Family Quilt, Oil on canvas, 72″ x 72″, (2015)

This upcoming Pomona Art walk, Cavity will be on display at Pomona’s Audio Video Disco Gallery. Artist and member Courtney Heiser will be showing her recent work of paintings, sculpture, and photography. Please stop on by and see what it’s all about. Food and drinks will be provided and purchase some great merchandise from the FA4collective.

May 13, 2016

On View Gloria Sanchez at Cruzita’s Cafe: Common Ground Open MIC


Monthly you can catch live poetry, art, and performance here in the Harbor Area of Los Angeles at Cruzita’s Deli Cafe. The open mic called the Common Ground is a space focused on bring diverse artists and audiences from various communities together to celebrate local talents and cultures through visual and performing arts.

For this month of May, we will be displaying and celebrating the art of Gloria Sanchez, a local artist from Long Beach and BFA graduate from CSULB. Please stop by and enjoy an awesome night with poems and spoken words. Open reception is Wednesday May 11th.

May 6, 2016

Allery Gallery: Alter Space


Come see Cythnia Lujan amazing artworks installed at the Allery where she will be exhibiting four of her large paintings. She is a recent undergraduate from CSULB, and received her Fine Arts in Drawing & Painting with a minor in Russian studies. Within her current artwork she explores the themes of identity, rituals and metaphysics. Cynthia has long been an active supporter for the art community, interning at Arts Council for Long Beach as a Public Art Intern, to now Special Project Assistant.

Come and visit the artist herself at the open reception on Friday, July 1st from 6:30 to 9:30pm, Bixby Knolls First Friday. Her work will be staying up throughout July to August 6th.

April 29, 2016

Emily Babette at Student Union Gallery


Recent BFA graduate Emily Babette will be exhibiting her work at the Student Union Gallery located on CSULB campus, first floor. Come check out her amazing large charcoal drawings and portraits. Such skills should not be missed! Open reception is Friday, April 29th from 2pm to 4pm. 

April 10, 2016

MOLAA: Artful Healing


In support of MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) 20th anniversary, the Port to Learning Gallery presents Artful Healing, an exhibition that explores the restorative power of art. Based on the belief of MOLAA’s founder, Dr. Robert Gumbiner, that art had the ability to “heal the body and elevate the soul,” Artful Healing focuses on works created by artists confronting physical, emotional or social challenges, as well as work created directly as part of a rehabilitation process. Come meet Fa4 members Romina Del Castillo, Annie Chang, and Tida Lek at the open reception Sunday, April 10th from 1pm to 4pm where their work will be exhibited for the next few weeks.

Organized by young guest curators, recruited from local high schools and non-profit organizations, this exhibition features local artists well as pieces from MOLAA’s Permanent Collection.

Annie Chang, Sloth, Oil, plaster, and string on wood 48” x 76”, (2014)


Target Free Sunday, Schedule:

1:00 – 4:00pm
-Opening Reception, Lobby
-Interactive Coloring of Drawing by artist Emily Kiwa Tanaka, Lobby

2:00 – 3:00pm – Docent Tours, Galleries
2:00 – 4:00pm – Muévelo! Muévelo! Dance workshop with live drumming led by Arts & Services for Disabled, Sculpture Garden
3:00 – 4:00pm – Curator Q&A, Balboa Room
Exhibition support provided by The Port of Long Beach.

April 2, 2016

Signal Commons: Renew/Decay


Interview with Maggie Freed

How did the show Renew and Decay come about?

For Renew/Decay we (me and my 3 studio mates) wanted a show to launch the start of our warehouse as a gallery space. It had been a show venue before and some of the members left. Me and one other person joined after the space had been inactive for a few months. We wanted to get it up and running again and create a gallery space. So we came up with the theme Renew/Decay. We wanted to find artists that explored similar themes in their work and put together a group show to launch the start of the new venue.

Come join us at Signal Commons for and exhibition of local artists, Saturaday, April 2nd from 6pm to 8pm. Food and drinks will be provided along with a live DJ set by guest DJ Desi.

February 14, 2016

Dutzi Gallery: Sift


Jarand Abad and Daniel A. Rivera Echeverria are exhibiting their collaborative installation in the Dutzi Gallery. The exhibition SIFT is an intsallation attempting to emphasis human interaction; specifically, within use of social media and the affects it has on this generation. Sift the acronym of snapchat is based from the pros and cons of social media. The show is not to be missed, drop by the open reception Sunday, February 14th from 5pm to 7pm. Food and drinks will be provided.

December 18, 2015

Art Share LA Presents: Module


Art Share LA presents, MODULE a showcase of artists exploring the theme of modularity in design, construction, narrative and beyond. MODULE asks the question: how do patterned parts and independent units converge to form something complex, meaningful — even human? Selected works will range in medium and concept from analog to digital, abstract and representational.

Come meet the artists, + listen to live DJs!— Artists Include —Amabelle Aguiluz

Emily Babette
Kayla Cloonan
Betsy Enzensberger
Nazish Chunara
Bridget Klappert
Pamela Mower-Conner
Allegra Newman
Asli Tusavul
Romina Del Castillo
Kathie Chan
Svetlana Shigroff
Ramón Espinosa
Talya Petrillo
Cynthia Lujan
Jeff Dulla
Gloria Sanchez
Parinya Champ
Antonio Venegas
Anabelle Del Valle
Chelsea Bayouth
Elizabeth Carranza

The exhibition will run from January 6th – 16th.
Gallery Hours: 1-6 PM Wednesday-Saturday


Art work for MODULE is curated by Elizabeth Carranza, a member of the Kaleidokrew — an emerging creative collective of artists, designers, and musicians based in Los Angeles.

Art Share website: http://artsharela.org/event/module-gallery-show-art-share-l-a/

December 12, 2015

AVD Gallery: FA4 Collective Art Show & Holiday Sale

Artist Romina Del Castillo

Join us for FA4collective’s Holiday Art Sale, Saturday, December 12th from 6pm to 9pm! We will be at AVD Gallery for the monthly Art walk in Pomona! Purchase gifts for loved ones and support the arts! Buy your friends and loved ones unique one of a kind artworks! Also meet and greet artists Romina Del Castillo, Gloria Sanchez, Gianina Nunez, Adrien Edwards, Christ Hernandez, Annie Chang, and Jeff Dulla who also be attending the holiday sale. We will have prints, paintings, postcards, holiday cards & more! The AVD Gallery is located on the corner of Parcels and 2nd Street.

There will also be a musical performance by Patrick Durkee from LostFrontiers.

December 1, 2015

Board Room Gallery: 5


Artists’ reception will be held at the Board Room Gallery featuring LA Harbor College-connected painters, Christopher Hernandez, Jose Esquivel, Mantas Kliminskas, Francisco Lopez, and Armondo Vilchis. The guest curator is Ron Linden, a professor at Los Angeles Harbor College. This show will be awesome, don’t forget to stop by the gallery open reception located at the Chamber of Commerce in San Pedro. It will also be taking place during the First Thursday Art Walk, December 3rd to January 7th.

December 1, 2015

Warschaw // Winter II


TransVargant and Warschaw Gallery are pleased to present Warschaw/Winter II, a group exhibition of works by Craig Antrim, Merwin Belin, Arnee Carofano, Ray Carofano, Katy Crowe, Christopher Hernadez, Nate Jones Hyung Mo Lee, Ron Linden, Marsha Mack, William Mahan, Jay McCafferty, Elizabeth Medina, Zac Roach, Regine Rode, Yong Sin, Gary Szymanski, Marie Thibeault, Ted Twine, and HK Zamani. The exhibition will open with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, December 5th, from 4pm to 7pm.

Warschaw/Winter II is yet another tightly discounted group sampling culled from curios case study of area artist. Critics speak of hyper-abstractionism, stylistic emphasis, formalistic mysticism, mathematical certainty, philosophical tension, exceptional eurhythmy, and hypothetical-deductive lyricism – although a few also mention mystification and bluff. While sharing a lack of use value, many of these fetishistic work proved immensely annoying for their uniqueness, while others may appear entertaining. Organized by TransVagrant, Winter II, perhaps for no other reason, is not to be missed.

November 10, 2015

Romina Del Castillo at CSULB Studen Union Gallery

California Desert Rose, mixed media on paper, 50″ x 38″ (2015)

CSULB Alumni Romina Del Castillo will be exhibiting her work at the Student Union Gallery (first floor), open reception is November 16th from 2pm to 4pm. Come check out her large scales portraits including the artist herself. These portraits are a collective study  of the human figure and form. The vibrant colors are contrasted between temperature and saturation. The artists starts out with fairly dark tones and works her way up to electrifyingly light values. Her consistent mark making through out her pieces creates various patterns that illuminate density, space and objects with them. Come see her fifteen large portrait drawings and paintings at the Student Union Gallery.

It has been extended to remain up until November 30th.

November 7, 2015

3:1 Presents: REVOVLING DOOR


FA4 member and graduate student Yee Li will be featured in a group exhibition Wednesday, November 25th at California College of the Arts named Revolving Door. It is the first collaborative exhibition of the student group 3:1 that presents multiple artists and curators exploring relationships between beginnings and endings, and where they might correlate, complicate and pressurize. Over the course of three days, performance, sculpture, painting and shenanigans will take place as a rotating exhibition. In the perpetual momentum, do we fall in? can we get out?

Together with the exhibition, 3:1 will be presenting its first publication “Contents Under Pressure”, which refers to the feeling of wanting to express something but not being able to. This publication allows us to speak frankly and share our work from a position of exposed vulnerability as a form of release.

This 3-day opening of 6 curated exhibitions located in the Atrium of the Graduate center will feature the following artists and curators:

Monday, 11/23:
Curated by Megan Franz
Garth Fry
Prima Sakuntabhai
Susana Eslava
Sea Griffin

Tuesday, 11/24:
Curated by Amanda Nudelman and Yvette Dibos
Yvette Dibos
Maggie Hanson
Kevin Valor

Wednesday, 11/25:
Curated by Magdalena J. Hartelova
Barret Lybbert
Yee Li
Elizabeth Russell

**With ongoing performances on all 3 days from:
Oriane Wedd & Lorenzo Cardim

****No video or photography during the performance please ****

Please join us and feel free to bring your friends and family.

November 7, 2015

The Black Out Project: A Censorship Experience


Check out CSULB COTA (College of the Arts) 400 class, it’s new this year and the first class of its kind at CSULB! This interdisciplinary artistic company which stems from the six departments of the College of the Arts would like to invite you to join us to experience our final project. FA4 member Daniel Rivera will be giving a live performance at his installation located at Student Union Ballroom. Come immerse yourselves in a sensory experience highlighting the effects of censorship in our community. The event is a combination walk through installation with live performances. It takes approximately 15 minutes to view this art, so late entry is permitted. Open Reception is Wednesday, December 9th, 3pm to 5pm at CSULB Student Union Ballroom.

Semblence, live performance, 2:30 hrs, (2016) 

Interview with Daniel Rivera

What the are some of the ideas behind this project?

I always try to find new ways to show a common idea in a different perspective. The idea for Semblance was because of COTA 400. My class works on collaborative projects and for this project the subject was censorship. Everyone was discussing about what they felt were the causes of censorship and we were having trouble coming up with a ways to display our thoughts. I wanted to show something more direct using a bit of everyones perspectives.

The idea of making something mechanical and digital came to me as the only way to make this piece relevant to today’s life. I felt the mask became the backbone of the piece, just by wearing this plaster mask my vision and voice was being censored. When I wore the mask I was confined, trying not to move because of the complicated wiring. I was physically restrained by technology while my identity was hidden; it became performative. Semblance naturally took that course of being the oppressor while showcasing the hypocrisy of the the USA. Laws have been passed to invade our privacy, diminishing whatever protection we have left of our freedom. Smells like chicken shit to me and people bite into that. I feel that the audio is a metaphor of all the lives that are forcefully or mysteriously silenced when truth is spoken. The whole piece is a big giant metaphor of today’s society.

November 6, 2015

Los Angeles Harbor College: Harbor/ Then & Now


Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present Harbor/ Then & Now, a group show of current works by Jose Esquivel, Christopher Hernadez, Francisco Lopez, Mantas Kliminskas, Elizabeth Medina, Eduardo Silva, and Armando Vilchis – all recent Harbor graduates or current student artists. The exhibition will open with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, November 21st, from 1pm to 7 pm.

Each of the seven excelled in both studio practice and academics, and is currently enrolled in prestigious MFA programs or pursuing private studio practice, and all share a high level of involvement in the conceptual. Abstraction is their shared passion.

Organized by Ron Linden, Harbor/Then & Now runs through December 18. For visuals or additional information please call 310-233-4411 or 310-600-4873. Gallery hours are Monday toThursday, 11am to 4pm and by appointment. This exhibition made possible in part of the generosity of Linda Lee Bukowski.

November 1, 2015

AVD Gallery: _Traces_


The work of Cynthia Lujan, recent BFA graduate from CSULB, is an eager attempt at archiving social identities of various sub-culture in her generation, as an American artist in the 21st century. Living in a place like LA, it’s easy to distinguish tribes based on the way people dress for each other. Each person fits the general archetype, yet preserves their self-identity. Constantly being around people is a bi-product of living in this metropolis. Due to this, people are hyper aware of their physical appearance and of the way they project themselves. The work captures the nuances of these identities through portraiture: the specific wardrobe, hairstyle, gesture of the person; all of which is combined with the psychological interpretation of them.

There will be light refreshments! The event takes part with the monthly Pomona Art Walk, so there is much to see. Yes-it’s free! The exhibition will be held at AVD (Audio Video Disco) Gallery in Pomona. Open Reception Saturday, November 14th 5–10pm, other hours must be made by appointment.

October 21, 2015

Wilmington’s First Artwalk


Catch us at Wilmington’s First Artwalk on Avalon Blvd on November 6th from 6pm to 9pm. There will be live music, food, art, merchandise and plenty more. This awesome event is an engaging opportunity for you to meet all sorts of local artists from city to city. Come and join the experience, its gonna be an awesome day.

October 10, 2015

Fa4 Collective Presents: Galileo Gonzalez at the AVD Gallery


Meet artist Galileo Gonzalez at his solo exhibition opening SaturdayOctober 10th 5pm to 10pm at the Audio Video Disco Gallery in Pomona. His work comprise of drawings that then transferred into prints. His body work is inspired by music and the cultural environment that exist in its genre.

Interview with Galileo Gonzalez

What kinds of works are you showing and what subjects or topics were you specifically exploring?

Half of my work is paintings, the other half are band sketches and drawings alongside the stuff they were printed on. One wall had on one side of my drawings, and next to it, t-shirts that were printed on with the drawing.

The drawings themselves are basically Hardcore Punk-inspired. They were actually all commissions, but I felt they were the best examples for the genre but there’s many subgenres involved as well.The reason why it’s Hardcore Punk is because I’m heavily involved with the scene. From going to shows, drawing for bands, even booking, it’s basically my passion next to art. The ideals make up a huge part of my identity of who I am and how I am.

What was the curating process for your solo exhibition?

For me, the show was a way to highlight my versatility as an artist, that I can do fine art alongside more graphic stuff; being a jack of all trades. I specifically showed my stronger drawings that became shirts and tapes. I wanted to highlight and show the process and final result. Plus, at the time, I never showed my band drawings as actual art. I was encouraged by the collective to do it. I’m glad I did. Besides that, the show was my venture into wanting to show my graphic work, which is something I avoided because I felt it wasn’t “Fine Art” enough.


October 1, 2015

Iguana Kelley’s: FA4 Collective Vs. Everybody 2.0


For this month of October, Iguana Kelleys will be hosting the Fa4 Collective group show called Fa4 Collective vs Everybody 2.0. Thirteen young local artists will be exhibiting their work up for display. Join us with a beer on October 4th from 6-10 pm for the opening reception hosted at Iguana Kelly’s.”
The show will be up through for the month of October.

Fa4 Collective Vs. Everybody 2.0

September 24, 2015

StateSide Project: Interview with Courtney Heiser


Get to know Fa4 member and artist Courtney Heiser on her one on one interview with Teal Thomsen about the exploration of her work and painting.

Article by Teal Thomsen: https://statesideproject.com/courtney-heiser/

Family Quilt, oil on canvas, 72″ x 72″ (2015) 

September 20, 2015

Brand Library Gallery Series: Brand 43


Celebrate art in public spaces with the Brand Library and the Brand Associates sponsored Annual Juried exhibition! The exhibition will feature 68 works from artists across the country. Juror Kent Twitchell selected these pieces from the nearly 900 entries received.
Romina Del Castillo will have one of her drawings in this show, come September 26th, it will be up through the entire month of October so go check it out!!!
The Brand Associates are thrilled to have Kent’s participation in the forty-third installment of this popular exhibition.
Kent Twitchell is an American muralist who is most active in Los Angeles. He is most famous for his realistic multi storied mural portraits. He studied art at East Los Angeles College, California State University, Los Angeles, and the Otis College of Art & Design. In the late 60’s he began doing what became known as “Street Art.” His ambitious series of murals, “Monuments to American Cultural Heroes,” started in 1971 with “Steve McQueen Monument” near downtown LA and “Strother Martin Monument” in Hollywood. In 1973 Kent painted a five-story “Bride & Groom” followed by “The Freeway Lady.” He has painted over 100 portraits within some 30 exterior murals including the “Julius Erving Monument” (Dr. J) in Philadelphia; monuments to visual artists including Ed Ruscha, Jim Morphesis, Lita Albuquerque and Gary Lloyd, and the LA Chamber Orchestra on three eight story walls overlooking the Downtown Los Angeles Harbor Freeway. Kent is a co-founder of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to restoring, preserving, and documenting the murals of Los Angeles since 1987.

“Black is the Color of Vladimir’s Hair”, mixed media on paper, 38″x 50″ (2015)

September 9, 2015

A Collaborative: Disposable Thoughts


Walk through and explore the 1000 thoughts of artists Daniel Rivera and Tida Lek at their show Disposable Thoughts located at the Marylin Werby Gallery, CSULB. The collaborative installation made out of 1000 napkins are sewn together to form one giant blanket hanging high from the ceiling as it barely grazes the ground, a project merging drawing and sculpture. Stop by the open reception September 13th from 5pm to 7pm, food and drinks will be provided along with three other open galleries.

Installation at the Marylin Werby Gallery with Daniel Rivera

Interview with Tida Lek

What was your experience in this project and how was it working with Daniel Rivera?

This project for me was a way to grow. Not just in art making but process as well. It was interesting, it was difficult, it was frustrating, it was time crunching, but those experiences pushed this project into a state of transformation. I was able to extend more of my criticality and process making. Having a partner was an amazing experience because there are spaces in the work where Daniel and I just had to wing it and trust each other, and it was a great decision. I honestly didn’t know what to expect but that thought alone made the project more interesting. So I totally dig our installation and the subject we chose to do it on, which was disposable thoughts. I love the idea that it was temporal, it was light, it was continues, and that it was serene in a way. I mean only until the end when we actually put the project up and it was finished.

Check out articles and interview on the show:

August 14, 2015

Irvine Art Center: All Media 2015


Fa4 member Tida Lek has been selected to the Irvine Art Center annual juried exhibition, All Media 2015. It is an exhibition showcasing Southern Californian artists, juried by artist and Torrance Art Museum curator Max Presneill. The exhibition features painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, digital media, and more. Open reception will be held Saturday August 22nd from 4pm to 6pm. The exhibition is up until October 24th. Don’t miss it!

August 20, 2015

Angel City Brewery: Panorama


What’s better than beer and art? The Fa4 Collective is pleased to announce member and artist Yee Li is having a group exhibition called Panorama at the Angel City Brewery located in downtown LA art district. Opening reception is August 20th, show will be up until Septmeber 1st. Come and join us with a beer!

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Untitled, oil on canvas, 48″ x48″ (2014)

August 1, 2015

Group Exhibition at Art Expo Center


Join us for a fun evening at the Expo Art Center Friday August 7th from 6pm to 9pm located on Atlantic Avenue. Fa4 collective will now be participating every First Fridays of the month with Bixby Knolls, promoting and supporting local artists and musicians by providing them with outlets to showcase their work. Down the lit streets of Bixby Knolls sidewalks are filled with families and friends.


Find music on every block from classic rock to jazzy tunes. Musicians of all ages take over the night while the smell of open restaurant travel down Atlantic avenue. There is much to see as booths stretch down the street and local stores are open for business. This is a great opportunity to meet local artists exhibiting as they exhibit their works. Our collective, Fa4 Collective will be exhibiting this August, don’t forget to stop by it’s going to be a sweet show!

Artworks by Tida Lek

July 13, 2015

OC Zine Fest


Enjoy your summer at the OC Zine Fest! FA4 members Annie Chang and Sean O’Brien will be displaying their awesome merchandise for purchase alongside artworks by artists, Jeff Dulla, Cynthia Lujan and Courtney Heiser. We have tampon pins, postcards, stickers and many more. Limited amounts of free FA4 stickers are up for grabs! Stop by and check it out.


July 16, 2015

Fontana Art Festival


Come out and support FA4 Collective at the the Fontana Art Festival! On July 25th from 5pm-10pm. Check out our merchandise and purchase a variety artworks from our very own collective.We will have 2 booths with 12 members  displaying their work from paintings, drawings, prints, postcards, button pins to zines. Hope you can all make it out!

Handmade Sketchbooks by Ciana Anita

July 24, 2015

Kicking if Off at Iguana Kelley’s: FA4 Collective Vs. Everybody


Shout out to Iguana Kelley’s for spacing our very first exhibition as a collective and congratulations to these rock’n artists out here in Long Beach. Iguana Kelley’s is pleased to present The FA4 Collective Vs. Everybody, a group exhibition featuring artists Emily Babette, Annie Chang, Courtney Heiser, Romina Del Castillo, Jeff Dulla, Chris Hernandez, Daniel Rivera, and Jamie Villatoro. Come join us at Iguana Kelley’s in Long Beach on East Anaheim Street May 3rd, we’ll be celebrating with fellow friend and local artists.