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VISION: Paintings by Isaac Pelayo

What’s up Los Angeles! Isaac Pelayo presents Vision: Paintings by Isaac Pelayo, Opening Reception on June 2, 2018 located at 1108 South Los Angeles Street, Unit 101, Los Angeles, California. From 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Hosted by Antonio Pelayo Productions.

Artist Statement: This current body of work explores the inspiration of the great minds that came before me. Visionaries, artists, culture producers, entertainers, and grandiosos alike; those individuals whose enlightened contributions to history inspire and inform my creative practice today.

Like them, I too seek enlightenment; spiritual, intellectual, and most of all within my creations. Thus I have begun a visual exploration of the occult power, and wisdom granted by the ever-present awareness reached by a meta-physical knowledge contained in the theory of the third eye.

In an homage to those who influence me, such as Frida Kahlo, Walt Disney, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Biggie, Einstein, and Basquiat, I too yearn to engulf myself with the wisdom and serenity afforded to me within the mastery of my own craft.

This body of work is allowing me to pursue and explore a psychological and spiritual realm within my own work that manifests itself through my paintings. Thus the extracts of my own interrogations are presented representationally, and serve to bring awareness to the deep significance I bestow on the level of consciousness I pursue while creating.

Please join us for a night filled with art, passion and homage to some of the greatest influences of Isaac Pelayo.

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About the Artist: Isaac Pelayo (Los Angeles, b. 1996) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, Ca.

Isaac Pelayo’s hyperrealistic aesthetic expressions are a mixture of classical painting, enlightenment, and pop culture. Inspired just as much by Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Velasquez, and Dali, as by The Renaissance, Baroque period, Chicano Contemporary Culture, and Street Art Movement. As a young child, Pelayo found friendship with graphite and paper, son of renown fine artist Antonio Pelayo Jr. who early on exposed him to the Arts. At the age of eleven, Pelayo exhibited his work for the first time and won a 1st place award at an Art Contest that led him on an artistically curious path.

Today, only a decade later at twenty-one years old he works at the Ink and Paint Department for Disney alongside his father. His artwork has graced multiple publications such as Brooklyn and Boyle, Frank 151, Out of Step Books, and was recently on the cover of the Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, published by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles.

As of today, Pelayo’s artwork has been exhibited at various museums around the globe, such as the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, and The Trotsky Museum in Mexico City. As well as renown galleries, such as Plaza De La Raza, Known Gallery, and The Seventh Letter Gallery, amongst many others.


Synthesis// The Collaborative Artworks of Cache x Aiseborn

On December 9, 2017 Tonalli Studio is presenting a unique evening of two extraordinary Los Angeles based Artists Aiseborn and Cache. You might have seen their art either in the streets or galleries as both artists have their signature style of art making. Tonalli Studio is located at 4539 East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, East Los Angeles, California 90022. This is a Free Event- All Ages Welcome- Opening Reception is 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Official Press Release:

“Two Well-Known LA Graffiti Artisits Collaborate In An Unexpected Synthesis”

CACHE and AISEborn (ArtIsSelfExpression) have painted murals all over the city. Although the two differ more than stylistically, their collaboration reveals a commonality that goes beyond the human barriers and into the realms of spirit.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, December 9, 2017 6pm – 10pm

The artists known as Cache and AiseBorn will show a series of collaborative works in a show aptly titled, Synthesis. Cache’s playful and colorful chicken murals can be spotted on nearly every street corner around the city, while AiseBorn’s massive and impressive mandalas reside in the streets as well as museums.

At first glance, no one would guess two artists would find a common ground artistically. Cache’s cartoon-like characters come in bright, geometric, playful forms, while AiseBorn works with intricate brush strokes and realistic imagery. It was an unexpected yet organically natural union when these two found themselves sharing a mural space after an introduction by their mutual friend, another well-known graffiti artist, Atlas.
“When we come together, we influence each other in unexpected ways. AiseBorn’s work pushes me to flex my other styles; playing with futuristic linear forms and light and shadows.”, says Cache

The show will take place at TONALLI STUDIO in East Los Angeles or “Old Town Maravilla”, a gallery space owned and operated by long time residents and artists, Ofelia Esparza and her daughter Rosanna Esparza Ahrens. Cache and AiseBorn were drawn to the space because of its focus on wellness and community. For the first time, the two artist collaborative works will come together in a new formation on gallery walls. Synthesis will be on exhibit until January 6, 2018.

Antonio Pelayo presents El Velorio 2017

Que Ondas Los Angeles! So excited to announce another mas firme que wow event in our City of Angeles brought to you by my camarada Antonio Pelayo. El Velorio will take place on November 4, 2017, 7:00pm to 1:30pm located st legendary Plaza de la Raza 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, Califas 90031. Remember this is a 21+ event so portends bien!

Antonio Pelayo presents
Hosted by Alysha Del Valle


DJ ChrisRox
DJ Orlando

Art Exhibit curated by Antonio Pelayo
Live art by Isaac Pelayo

Sponsored by
El Jimador

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Award Winning Documentary: Equal Means Equal (Igual Es Igual)

World Premiere of the award-winning documentary,

Equal Means Equal (Igual Es Igual)
Spanish Screening

Friday Evening
6:00 PM

Plaza De Coltura Y Artes
501 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join in for a night of film, dance, art exhibit, food, vendors and most importantly of all education and empowerment for the Los Angeles Latina community.

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Fawksie1 & Dj Ethos//No Artificial Flavors//Album Release Party

West Up Los Angeles! So proud to announce our girl from the NELA Fawksie One debut a long awaited Album “No Artificial Flavors” Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the Kaos Network located at 4343 Leimert Blvd. Los Angeles, Califas 90008. Hosted by Abstract Rude and live performances by Vel the Wonder.

Cd’s 20$ (portion of each purchase of the album will be donated to Maternal Mental Health Now an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to Postpartum Depression ♥)

5$ Donation at the door (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds) But we must support this community space!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

The last project I put out was May 2012 //LOVE SICK// and before that //DON’T TAKE ME LIGHTLY// October 2010. I also have become a Mother in between this period of time suffered and survived a horrible postpartum depression… amongst other setbacks …anyway lol I’m back with mo fiyah! I really want to bring together the Hip-Hop community for this event combining the elements and basking in the beauty of it all as one! So come one come all MC’s, DJ’s, B-Boys & Girls, Pop lockers, Graffiti Writers, Beat makers and creative and conscious minds LET’S GET DOWN and celebrate my blood sweat and tears! FAWKSIE ONE

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12-10-16 NELA ART WALK!

Come thru and show your support. Purchase some dope art right before the Holidays! See you all at there!

Zeppelin Music- 5030 York Blvd. Highland Park, Ca. 90042 12pm-9pm
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Fawksie 1- Concrete Rose- NELA

I’m just a Concrete Rose—Dope Song by NELA’s Finest Fawksie One- Love You Sister Por Vida



Legends Never Die @ Mi Vida NELA Art Walk June 13, 2015

Keeping our Cultura alive and our Legends Immortal. Once again at the famous NELA Art Walk this Saturday, June 13, 2015. Mi Vida’s Boutique “Legends Never Die” show will be paying homage to various legends so you do not want to miss how the West Coast pays their respects to those that have earned it. Mi Vida will have special live performances and music by Unic of the Funkfreaks.

Mi Vida is located at 5159 York Blvd. Highland Park, California 90042

As always, you will find us there supporting our Primas from Mi Vida so stop by and show your respects to Legends as well as giving love to Mi Vida on this new journey of representing our Chicano/a Cultura like always!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

legends never die

Women’s History Month-Mi Vida

Mi Vida Front Store

There is no greater accomplishment for a business owner to genuinely care for their Mexican-American culture, customer satisfaction and mission as an advocate for the Arts to remain alive in their local neighborhood. Our featured nomination for Women’s History Month is the ladies from Mi Vida Boutique in Highland Park, California.

Mi Vida Boutique is located at 5159 York Blvd, Highland Park, California. This is a historical city for many Latinos since the late 1950’s; it was a canvas for artists, muralist and graffiti writers and still has its landmarks throughout the city aside to the devastating gentrification that has affected the Latino community. This is why Mi Vida is such an important part in the NELA (Northeast Los Angeles). It is still striving for uniqueness and keeping Chicano/a culture alive.

Mi Vida has been operating since 2008, and one of its sole purposes is to help local, upcoming and established artists into exhibiting their works, sell their products as well as providing opportunities of networking and exposure. If you have not visited this shop you must! As you walk in, the lovely ladies treat you as if you are part of their family.  I have been supporting anything these ladies envision for years now and they will forever have my loyalty and support. Some of the best fond memories with these ladies have been since they moved to the Highland Park location. The NELA Art Walk was barely rising; they were the last ones on the block of the art walk and not a lot of spectators around. But we all kept on showing up and kept supporting any ideas Las Primas (cousins) Noelle and Danell had. As the neighborhood began to change and more Latinos owners disappeared; Mi Vida stood their ground and kept supporting the Arts. They have strengthen their image as advocates for the Chicano Culture as well as uplifting women of all kinds on sharing their art, poetry, fashion and vocals.

Mi Vida began with a vision of owning a place where they can help artists grow creatively and financially; they gave birth to a place where artist communities can depend on. For over seven years, Mi Vida has made a huge impact in the city of Los Angeles; they have brought back traditions and values to women as well as the importance of keeping alive the Chicana experience. I remember one of the heart-warming shows they did on August10, 2013, the NELA Art Walk Kids Gallery. This specific event marked an important step into molding their image and taking in the responsibility of being a place open not only for artists, but mothers, fathers, siblings as well as children. At this point, we all knew Mi Vida was becoming more than just a boutique, it was a place for all of us as a community to gather and grow culturally and consciously.

Check out the recap of the NELA Art Walk Kids


The women that run this place are strong, creative and have a passion for their culture. They show respect to everybody that comes into their establishment but most importantly; humble and willing to work hard with their community. These women are a leading example that with hard work and dedication you can become an establishment artists and community members trust and are proud to look up. A venue for many of us to enjoy art shows and any other creative forms of representation of the Chicano/a Culture and traditions; keeping it vivid for more generations to come.

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

Las Primas from Mi Vida

“Mi Vida is an independent boutique and gallery that has provided a space for local artists to showcase and sell their products since 2008. We are dedicated to promoting a lifestyle that is true to our Mexican American culture. Our boutique is filled with unique, colorful, handmade goods that empower our supporters._-Mi Vida

www.shopmivida.com @shopmivida

 Our store is operated by the following team of people:

Noelle Reyes and Danell Hughes = Owners

Jacquelin Reyes = Lead Salesperson

Adriana Serrato = Graphic Designer

Jude Garcia = Salesperson/Model

Dominic Ochoa = In House Logo Designer

Lisa Rocha = In House Jewelry Designer

Mi Vida Event




Mi Vida On Chicano Soul @ NELA Art Walk!

What best way to start the New Year 2015 but to be on the right state of mind-representing and respecting our Chicano/a Culture here in the beautiful city of Angels with an exquisite and soulful photography exhibit of our Brown and Proud Chicano/a Cultura.

I always show my love and 100% support to the Primas and ladies at Mi Vida. So please come and show your love and support too for this upcoming NELA Art Walk at Mi Vida Boutique which is located at 5159 York Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90042. The exhibit will begin at 7:00pm thru 11:00pm. Make sure you come dress to impress and show your most firme style.

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

Mi Vida