Mentees

Renee Castro Hernandez

Painter & Muralist

Pedro Bernardez

Pianist and Aspiring Film Composer

Joseph Tyner

Student & Aspiring
Photographer

Mentors

Jesse Hernandez

Artist/Kid Robot

Estevan Oriol

Photographer/Director

Germaine Franco

Film Score Composer

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Renee Castro

Painter & Muralist

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Renee's American heritage stems from Native American, Mexican and Spanish roots – all of which have influenced her artistic aesthetic. Many of the subjects she paints wear distinctively Native American, Mexican and Spanish garments and accessories; they are also connected to the natural world around them.

She takes themes of Spanish and Mexican folklore to inspire paintings and drawings of broken-hearted femme fatales and heroines. She graduated from San Francisco's Academy of Art College last year and now lives and works in Oakland, CA. While she's currently working on commissioned pieces for 2 SF companies she wants to exhibit in her own gallery someday.

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Pedro Bernardez

Pianist and Aspiring Film Composer

25 year old Pedro was born in Caracas, Venezuela. By the time he was 10 years old, he'd composed his first piece of music- a solo piano piece. In 2005, he moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Film Scoring and Composition – completing the 5 yr. program in 2.5 years.

He returned to his native Venezuela the following year to get his masters at the prestigious Universidad Simon Bolivar. In 2010 he returned to the US to study Film Scoring at UCLA and take his first stab at composing music for feature films. While currently learning the ins and outs of the film industry in LA he also teaches piano and volunteers at the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.

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Joseph Tyner

Student & Aspiring Photographer

Born and raised in Southern California, Joseph first fell in love with photography at age 13, when he saw his brother-in-law working with a camera. Growing up in an area known for gang violence, photography was not only a way to stay out of trouble, but was also a way to find the beauty in his surroundings.

Joseph is now 18 years old and attends Cerritos College where he studies photography and psychology. When Joseph isn't spending time at school or with his family, he is interning at Vendetta Clothing brand where he takes photographs of their merchandise and athletes for the brand's blog.

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Jesse Hernandez

Artist / Kid Robot

Jesse is best know for his partnerships with the artist collective Kid Robot where his work combines traditional indigenous Aztec/Native/graffiti styles with an urban sensibility. He is currently the full-time Art Director/Co-Creator of the cartoon series, "The Nutshack" on The Filipino Channel and creates freelance artwork through his own company, Immortal Studios.

Hernandez paints murals, creates digital graphics and illustration and custom toys; making his art unrestricted by medium. His artwork has been in many books and magazines, such as Maxim, YRB, Giant Robot, and Flux, Upper Deck, MiniGods, and Super Rad Toys.

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Estevan Oriol

Photographer / Director

Estevan began his career in the entertainment industry in the early 90s when he became the tour manager for the rap group House of Pain. He began taking photos to catalog the outrageous experiences he had on tour and in his Los Angeles neighborhood. He has a gift for capturing the raw essence of street life and the low rider culture and soon became one of the most sought after photographers of the Urban and Hip Hop community.

His work is published in magazines like GQ and Rolling Stone and he has directed music videos for Eminem, Blink 182, and Cypress Hill. He designs apparel based on his photos and has partnerships with Nike, Adidas and Vans along with contributing to video games like Grand Theft Auto.

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Germaine Franco

Film Score Composer

Germaine is one of a handful of Latino score composers making it big in Hollywood. She studied at Rice University's Shepherd School of music. After receiving both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music, she relocated to LA to study Latin music from Luis Conte.

She has worked with world-renowned film composer John Powell on over 25 studio motion pictures, contributing orchestrations, original Spanish adaptations, percussion performance, music programming and production. The El Paso native has contributed to musical scores such as Angry Birds Rio samba, The Lorax, Happy Feet 2, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. Germaine Her latest project is the soundtrack for the Canadian film, Margarita.