Shizu Saldamando is an LA based Japanese/Latinx American mixed media artist whose portraits give visibility to urban youth, part of subcultures and countercultures. She has explored portraiture for two decades, capturing images of real people, her friends from the punk scenes in San Francisco’s Mission District, and those in the creative community in LA. Primarily concerned with portraiture and drawings, she experiments with a broad range of surfaces and materials from wood panels to bed sheets. Saldamando’s practice employs tattooing, video, painting and drawing on canvas, wood, paper, and cloth, and functions as homage to peers and loved ones. Her mother’s family is Japanese American and survivors of the Japanese American Internment camps. Her father is a Chicano from Nogales, AZ.