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The personal and powerful portraits of East L.A. artist Shizu Saldamando

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The personal and powerful portraits of East L.A. artist Shizu Saldamando

East Los Angeles -- Born and raised in San Francisco, Shizu Saldamando, first got acquainted with the Eastside in the 90’s through three-hour-long bus commutes she took as an undergrad student at UCLA to Self Help Graphics’ former location in East Los Angeles, where she interned. 

Saldamando has since lived and worked in East L.A., creating portraits of some of Los Angeles’ notable Latinx creatives - many of whom she counts among her friends - out of her garage, depicting the resilience of a community bonded by the shared struggles of being brown and queer in Los Angeles.

La Ever by Shizu Salamando Courtesy Occidental College 5-26-2018 1-25-00 PM.jpg
“La Ever, Chica Malcriada,” 2018, by Shizu Saldamando
La Brown SKin by Shizu Salamando 2-12-2020 1-01-45 PM.02 AM.jpg

La Brown Skin, colored pencil, washi paper on paper 2020, La Brown Skin colored pencil, washi paper on paper 2020

Tiffany and Kathi by Shizu Saldamando 2-12-2020 1-01-54 PM.19 AM.jpg

Tiffany and Kathi, colored pencil, spray paint, glitter on paper 2019, by Shizu Saldamando

Shizu Saldamando

Shizu Saldamando

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