Praxis Creative Community
Devon Tsuno (director / CO-founder)
Devon Tsuno is a Los Angeles based artist and Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University Dominguez Hills. His recent abstract paintings, community projects, artist books and print installations focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation. Tsuno is a 2017 Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights artist-in-residence, the 2016 SPArt Community Grantee, and was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Art. His long-term interest in public education and bodies of water in the LA area have been central to his collaborations with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Big City Forum, the Theodore Payne Foundation, and the grantLOVE Project. Tsuno has exhibited work at the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Current: LA Water Public Art Biennial, the US Embassy in New Zealand, and Roppongi 605 in Tokyo.
Leonardo bravo (co-founder)
Leonardo Bravo is an artist, educator, and curator. He is the founder and organizer of Big City Forum, an interdisciplinary, social practice and curatorial research project that brings attention to emergent practices across design, architecture, and the arts. It provides an ongoing exploration of the intersections between these creative disciplines and new ways of knowledge making within the context of public space and social change. He is also the Director of Education and Public Programs with the Palm Springs Art Museum where he oversees partnership development and program implementation with school districts in the Coachella Valley and the development of new participatory audience engagement projects. Leonardo Bravo received his MFA from the University of Southern California and his BFA from Otis College of Art & Design.
Juliana Lujan is a Venezuelan artist and writer based in Los Angeles. In her practice she observes details of the everyday life and utilizes non-sense and play to question the politics defining identities and the boundaries of language.
Juliana has over eight years of experience working in educational development and research. She received her MFA in Photo and Media from CalArts and her Bachelors in Modern Languages from the University of the Andes, Venezuela.
tina Miyakawa & LouiS Alvarado
Tina Miyakawa is a designer who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She began her practice after receiving a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, where she is now participating in the Master's program. Influenced by California’s environment and culture, Tina’s work provokes explorative image-making and typographic form through a wide range of mediums.
Louis Alvarado is a Los Angeles based transmedia artist, whose work spans a variety of platforms. Since receiving his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2014, he has worked alongside influential design figure April Greiman, and started his own studio practice, Philesq. Louis connects with others through concept and form, while also forcing handmade and digital mediums to live in tension.
Form follows function
Maya Santos is a Documentary Editor, Director, Cinematographer, and Video Artist based in Los Angeles. She is also Creative Director of FORM follows FUNCTION, a collaborative media studio creating non-fiction media about places and Place-based Programmer for +LAB, a creative community development strategy of Little Tokyo Service Center in Downtown LA.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University in 1999, Maya found her way to videography through her interest in multi-media, coupled with her love of life behind the camera.
Her most recent collaboration is a partnership with Visual Communications called, FfF Interactive, an initiative aimed to use immersive technology to highlight the history of neighborhoods through local perspectives. Through this partnership, Maya expands her creative direction to 360 virtual reality documentary and site-specific projection map installations. Various FfF films have screened at the L.A. Asian American Film Festival, DC Asian American Film Festival, L.A. Architecture and Design Museum, NY Asian American Film Festival, and New Urbanism Film Festival.