The Artist Collective
A Southern California Perspective
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is teaming up with West Coast artists to create one-of-a-kind pieces that embody the local culture and community. Pulling inspiration from their own memories, experiences, and views, these artists provide a look through their native lens to showcase what this city means to them. As a part of this newly launched program, artists take residency at the hotel as they create their masterpiece, allowing guests to view the creative process and see their creation come to life. This growing program will continue to welcome new artists into the collective and offer different perspectives on what makes this city special.
Julio earned his BFA (cum laude) in Painting and a postgraduate degree in Pedagogy from the University of Barcelona, Catalonia. He has exhibited widely in the United States and in Spain, including at The Lodge LA, A. I. R. Gallery in Brooklyn, and the main branch of the New York Public Library in NYC. He is featured in the West Coast edition of New American Paintings, curated by LACMA associate curator Christine Y. Kim. Julio is the founder of Roofless Painters, an award-winning art school and gallery in Los Angeles that connects local painters with iconic city locations. He is also the creator of The Havisham Hour, a multi-media, visual arts, and literature project based on Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations.
Jun Aquino is an international painter from the Philippines and the official artist of eight-division world boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao. Jun has traveled the world, holding art shows in Dubai, China, Miami, San Francisco, and more. In his artwork, he uses classical and modern styles using all kinds of mediums from oils, acrylics, watercolor, and digital formats to paint international movie icons, sports celebrities, automotive art, and landscapes. Jun was awarded Gawad International Artist of the Year in 2017.
Aaron Stouffer is a West Coast transplant who has a passion for creative design, graphics, and architecture around the world. Having a keen eye for the Mid-Century Modern style, he has created countless illustrations depicting residential and iconic commercial architecture around the country. His work has also been published in various publications including Phoenix Home & Garden, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyle, and more. For Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, he will create an illustration that is inspired by the architecture found in Southern California and what the destination has to offer seen through his perspective and lens.
Learn more about the artist on Instagram @postbeamaz.
Bre Smith is an American painter and a proud 6th generation Los Angeles, California native. She has traveled the world and lived in numerous cities throughout the United States but always found her way back to Southern California. In her artwork, she uses colorful imagery that is dense and coded, mimicking dream sequences as she explores memories of her past and nostalgia for the time in which she grew up.
Learn more about the artist on Instagram @bresmithart.
Greg LeBon is a California native who has been sculpting sand since 1980. LeBon founded, Archisand Professional Sand Sculptors, Inc. with his family and has been competing in several sculpting competitions throughout the years, earning the title of the Master's Championship team, winning the US Open of Sandcastles seven times. With his sand sculptures, LeBon’s goal is to create a design that will bring joy to millions while sending a unique message for each person to remember. For his summer sculpture at Loews, he has incorporated his vision of what it’s like to experience summer in Santa Monica.
Learn more about the artist on Instagram @archisand_inc.