Valentina Mogilevskaya Quezada was born in Odessa, Ukraine and grew up in Los Angeles, California, where she currently lives. Valentina earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from UCLA in 2012, where she also minored in Visual and Performing Arts Education. She is a practicing artist and educator working throughout the greater Los Angeles area in organizations such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hollywood Bowl, and Barnsdall Arts. She is currently the Youth and Family Programs Specialist at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Valentina’s artistic practice is influenced by her heritage, soviet history, and Surrealism. Her art explores themes of female aesthetics, Eastern and Western binaries, and familial lineage. She works in multiple mediums including collage, intaglio printmaking, drawing, and painting in her Koreatown studio.
Raised in the open ranch land of Northern New Mexico, Leon developed an affinity for the Southwestern landscape. He was greatly influenced by his grandmother’s involvement in Northern New Mexico art circles. Later study at the Colorado Institute of Art along with private study reinforced his abilities. Stationed in Germany while in the army, he was able to travel extensively throughout Europe, visiting museums and maintaining sketching journals. In addition, he studied painting techniques of the old masters for two years, finishing by copying a Franz Hals at the Stuttgart Stattsgalerie Art Museum. Long having an interest in pen and ink, etching took on a special meaning from the museum’s collection of etchings.On his return to Colorado, Leon began to study the intaglio techniques and selling the prints in mountain galleries. In 1998, Leon purchased his first letterpress and received immediate success with the woodblock prints he produced. The layering of color in the woodblock process allowed him to better capture the atmospheric qualities of the Southwestern Landscape that have such a strong meaning for him.Leon has continued to develop his printmaking skills and currently owns a publishing company, producing his Reduction Style Woodblocks as well as limited edition books. His woodblocks are exhibited nationally and collected by numerous museums. He and his wife also own a gilding studio, producing and restoring hand carved gold leaf frames for museums and collectors.