Naomi Martinez a.k.a. “Monstrochika”, born 1977, was raised in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. First exposed to the art of painting and hand-craft as a teenager as a Gallery 37 Apprentice Artist under the instruction of Marwen then attending Columbia College for Advertising, Art & Design. Her work is greatly inspired by Superflat art, indie comics, nature and growing up in the Chi. She is is an active community artist of her sweet home Chicago for the past 15 years and proudly exhibits and collaborates in her alternative art spaces. Always one to try her hand at many mediums, she is self-taught in traditional illustration, acrylic painting, zines, doll making and spray painted mural works.
Born in Chicago, Vicente Jasso is one of the leading artists rejuvenating the art scene in one of Chicago’s most traditional and cultural neighborhoods, Little Village. Born and raised in this neighborhood, Vicente absorbed the acute attention to historic Mexican leaders in the arts and political arena which originated his humble beginnings as a street artist through an abstract interpretation of his patriotic admiration of these characters. Subsequently Vicente has refined his own visual and conceptual view of his work that emerged through his focus on cultural identity and social awareness and a love for pop art as well as contemporary and abstract values.
Monica Trinidad is a queer artist and organizer born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago. She is the co-founder of Brown & Proud Press, a collective of people of color with the intent of sharing personal narratives of struggle through the medium of zines as a catalyst for collective healing and movement. Heavily involved in challenging police violence in Chicago, Monica was one of eight young organizers & activists of color who traveled to Geneva, Switzerland in 2014 to present a report on police violence in Chicago to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. In 2015, she co-founded For the People Artists Collective, a collaborative network of radical artists of color in Chicago who create work that uplifts and projects struggle, resistance, and survival within and for our marginalized communities in Chicago. Monica has written for Truthout, Red Wedge Magazine and has created artwork from over a dozen Chicago-based, social justice organizations and received the Windy City Times 30 Under 30 award, honoring individuals in Chicago’s LGBTQIA youth community. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Gender & Women’s Studies and currently works for Northwestern University’s Social Justice News Nexus as Communications and Outreach Coordinator.
Liz Reyes is an artist from the southwest side of Chicago. Most of her work is created through the use of Aerosol paint, her true passion, but also acrylic paint & acrylic paint markers. Liz is also a graffiti writer and teaching artist who has created large aerosol murals independently and also with young people as part of various school residencies. Most of her canvas work is based around sugar skulls and Dia de los Muertos themes and she’s also dabbled in tattooing. In Liz’ words, “Most of my other pieces are based on experiences of my own or stories of good friends. I try to create work my view could relate to.”
Afro x Naut
Afro x Naut [af-roh-nawt] is the product of soul searching through the anomalies of black identity and Afro-Futurism. The artist, Cairá L Conner is a Black womyn afrofuturist artist attempting to spread the aesthetic of pyramids and spaceships like glitter on your enemies. Website: Afroxnaut.com IG: @AfroxNaut FB: Afro x Naut Etsy: Afroxnaut.etsy.com
Multifaceted like a pirinola, or spinning top, the artist uses varying art forms to translate her love for music, justice, and nature. From giant paper flowers to hand cut wooden puzzles, everyday objects are used in unexpected ways to bring joy and inspiration, making Pirinola Handcrafts a great source for gifts for anyone you love. Check out Pirinola Handcrafts on facebook.
Daaka, as in darker, burned, painted, raw, and beaded wood jewelry, by Aleisha Rogers. Daakajewelry.com
Calli Calli features home created goods that adorn our temples…from our bodies and skin to the places we dwell in. Unique pieces for unique souls/sols.
hamaca humilde is herbal medicines and body products, bodily adornments, birth doula/labor companion services, poetry, and other offerings.
GlitterGuts is the bastard child of portraiture, installation art, and event photography. Our aim is to capture the world we live in at its best, the culture, the subcultures, and the counterculture. Find us where people are enjoying themselves.
Eco Boutique by Alejandra
Alejandra Araseb was born in Iguala, Guerrero and has lived in Chicago for over two decades. Her family has worked for two generations making cut crystal, silver and gold-handcrafted jewelry. Once in Chicago she decided to follow her family creative tradition and began to explore fashion design and home decorating. But it wasn’t until recently — as a transgender woman — that she decided to start her own business. In pursuit of her family artistic tradition, she began making floral arrangements, curiosities made out of plants and terrariums.
The idea of working and creating art out of living organisms that Mother Earth gives us has always been one of Alejandra’s greatest passions. She has been doing floral arrangements for the last 15 years and last year she started to create small works of art out of plants, called terrariums. These small ecosystems inside crystal containers, help her to promote an ecological culture and philosophy. Each terrarium that Alejandra creates is a unique artistic creation produced with the offspring that mother Earth gives us. Facebook page.
Twenty Thou is the project of Nicold Ologundudu. She’s an accessory designer based in Chicago who loves working with her hands and strives to look for unique, funky, cool beads and findings that can make her work stand out. Twenty Thou is her own personal student loan bailout, the story behind the name is that her goal is to sell twenty thousand pieces to pay off her student loans.
ProtestARTE Collective is a Chicago-based network of artists, activists and community organizers working together to empower communities beyond borders. Born out of an urgent response to the violent disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students in Guerrero, Mexico and the increasing corruption and violence in Chicago as a result of the prison industrial complex. We strive to encourage communities across borders to resist and let their voice be heard through creativity regardless of our differences.
I’ve made handmade wire wrapped jewelry for almost 2 years now, I particularly love using crystals and stones, most of my pieces are re-purposed jewelry.
I am a new artist trying to get my art out there. In the spring of 2015 I received my art endorsement so I now can teach art k-9. I worked with print, photography (digital/black and white), drawing, and painting. I would love to be able to have my art experienced and sold to people who appreciate it.
Rusty Lion Art
I am an artist located in the south suburbs of Chicago who is nurturing the desire to be creative. rustylionart.weebly.com
Puffs of Doom
Puffs of Doom offers locally-made artisanal sweet and savory puffs in the Chicago-land area (tricycle cart coming soon).