Guides

 

Every LA Art Tour guide is an artist, guiding you through their own communities and introducing you to their fellow artist neighbors and friends. These are not people who skimmed a book on the subject or “enthusiasts” who took a class on giving tours. They are all the real deal.

Hector "ShanduOne" Calderon

Hector "ShanduOne" Calderon

TOURS: All graffiti/mural tours, Graffiti Workshops

Hector moved to LA from El Paso in 1975. He formed “LA Bomb Squad” (LABS) with other neighborhood kids, and they went on to become internationally recognized as pioneers of the LA graffiti scene. He was the first artist to paint the infamous Belmont Tunnel, and together they used their art as an alternate to gangs and drugs. Still in close contact with the local graffiti/mural scene, Hector works as a graphic artist, fine artist, local youth mentor, and is the proud father of two wonderful daughters. His art has been seen in galleries across LA, in magazines and newspapers, and was published in The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art and Los Angeles Graffiti. 

ShanduOne on Instagram

Baha Danesh

Baha Danesh

TOURS: Brewery Arts Complex, Special/Private gallery tours

Baha is a self taught multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles.
Today she is very involved with L.A.’s underground art community and is the founder of the art collective L’art Pour L’art.
According to Baha Danesh, “creating art is a form of expression that creates culture and culture shapes values and values determine the future.” She believes the creative process is, above all, the best adventure of the mind, body, and soul.
Baha’s website

Galo "Make" Canote

Galo "Make" Canote

TOURS: All graffiti tours, Craft Beer Tour, Graffiti workshops

Galo is a pure bred Angeleno (born in Los Angeles). Since an early age, he was fascinated with fonts, letters and logos. 
Galo says of himself and art: “I painfully strive to pay tribute to not only the letters that inspired me as a child but to those artists who also inspired me, not only in the graffiti art and art scene but those that have surrounded me throughout the years. I grow with art as art has grown in me.” 
Galo also contributes to the community by working with at-risk youths, mentoring, teaching and working with non-profit organizations. 
Galo on Instagram

Joshua Elias

Joshua Elias

TOURS: Brewery Arts Complex, Painting workshops

Joshua is a lyrical abstract artist, writer and poet, interweaving these worlds in his oil paintings. He is highly engaged in utilizing raw materials, making paint, working on fine linen, all foundations acting as a vehicle for a greater understanding of painting. He works daily at his art studio at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles.
Joshua’s website

Ted Meyer

Ted Meyer

TOURS: Brewery Arts Complex, private tours

Ted is a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate who helps patients, students and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Ted’s 16-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars” chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through accidents and health crises.
Ted is also a freelance designer, writer, photographer and illustrator. He has written and illustrated several books. He is the owner of Art Your World, a full service design studio.
Ted’s website

Joseph "Nuke" Montalvo

Joseph "Nuke" Montalvo

TOURS: All graffiti/mural tours, Graffiti Workshops

Nuke hasn’t sent me his bio yet. He’s been a part of the LA graffiti scene for many decades. Here is his Instagram. (Nuke, get me your bio.)

Nuke on Instagram

Peggy Nichols

Peggy Nichols

Santa Fe Art Colony Tour

Peggy is the founder of Studio C Gallery, a space dedicated to exhibiting and emphasizing the work of women artists. They are committed in bringing attention to the feminine characteristics and
trademarks of art making. She makes her home at the Santa Fe Art Colony in Downtown Los Angeles.
Peggy’s Website

Ashley Victoria

Ashley Victoria

TOURS: Special event tours

Artist, actor, comedian, and Kitten Media Wrangler at Exploding Kittens. 
Ashley came to Los Angeles by way of North Carolina where she studied Theatre Performance at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

Kevin Flint

Kevin Flint

TOURS: Mostly his own loft, where he is frequently found wandering confused

A 15 year resident of Downtown LA and the Brewery Arts Complex, Kevin accidentally started LA Art Tours in 2007. He is still perplexed at how this occurred.
He does like typing about himself in the 3rd person, and the last few minutes have been very exciting for him.
Kevin’s website