Ed Fuentes
Ed Fuentes

Ed Fuentes is an arts journalist, photographer, graphic designer, and digital muralist and has been covering the Inland Empire, the High Desert, and downtown Los Angeles -- including murals and street art -- for KCET’s Departures since 2010.  He lived downtown for 13 years, and still covers regional art and culture with his blog, viewfromaloft.org which began in the Arts District in 2006. “He may be little-known to large segments of the city he loves, but in downtown, his voice has endured,” wrote the Los Angeles Times in March 2012. Fuentes has held Art Director staff positions at Variety and NBC, plus a tour of duty in advertising agencies. He is now enrolled in an Integrated Studies program that will, in part, survey the role of online media in the growth of community.


LOCATION: A cul-se-dac.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/EdwardFuentes

TWITTER: @viewfromaloft

WHAT INSPIRES ME: Any kind of urban art enclave.

FAVORITE WRITERS: Jim Murray. Harold Pinter. Malú Huacuja del Toro


MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: By his own hand, Andy Warhol.


WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: It’s down the highway from L.A.

Recent Articles
Street Artist RISK Transforms Skid Row with Murals
Street Artist RISK Transforms Skid Row with Murals
Artist RISK has created a vibrant mural called "Ye Sun" on a wall facing L.A.'s Skid Row to bring art to this blighted corner of downtown.
The Americano Mythos
The Americano Mythos
Ed Fuentes traces the Latino theater movement from its origins in the Teatro Chicano.
From Lincoln Heights to Los Feliz: Woody Guthrie's Time in Los Angeles
From Lincoln Heights to Los Feliz: Woody Guthrie's Time in Los Angeles
Singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie, who would have been 100 years old last Saturday, found his writing voice in Los Angeles, specifically in Skid Row.
Cheech and Chong: Alice Bowie and the First Chicano Punk Song
Cheech and Chong: Alice Bowie and the First Chicano Punk Song
As Chicano Art moves forward in its documentation, some artistic consideration may have to be made for "Earache My Eye Featuring Alice Bowie," a 1974 Cheech and Chong sketch poking at the commercial record industry. "It wasn't just a parody," says Cheech, "it was the real stuff."
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