In 1781, the city of Los Angeles was founded by a group of Spaniards, Afro-Latinos, Indigenous people and mestizos. Today, Latinos make up the largest group in California. And at nearly five million individuals, Los Angeles has the largest Latino-identifying population in the United States. One would be remiss to confine such a large population to a single set of characteristics, when in reality the diversity of individuals who fall into the "Latino" population category come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Imagen Angeleno seeks to celebrate a portion of this rich diversity by exhibiting artists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. However, running through the themes of each artist'sn work is the distinctive feeling of, and deference to, a larger sense of community. It is this idea of La Familia, the strong and pervasive sense of community that informs the rich culture of southern California's Latino populations and the individuals that compose it.
Artists derive influence from any number of factors: their hobbies and interests, significant life events, inspirational figures—the list is endless. For the artists represented in Imagen Angeleno, southern California's rich Latino and Chicano heritage is infused in the works produced in a myriad or ways that are as vibrant and diverse as the culture itself.