The Hollywood Film Festival was honored to have artist Jabu Molo serve as our inaugural Hollywood Artist in Residence, Jabu’s insight and passion for artistic storytelling helped us build the foundation for what will now be an annual HFF Tradition as we select each future "Hollywood Artist in Residence”.
For that role the HFF will seek out an artist whom we beleive represents the true spirit or our mission of “Building a more inclusive, inspiring, and international future legacy for Hollywood."
We then will invite that artist to express the energy and inspiration that drives each year’s Jury Prize wining films by capturing the essence of those exceptional directors through our Artist in Residence's own unique artistic vision,
While the formal transition ceremony will take place during this October’s Fall Festival events we are excited to privately share with our Hollywood stakeholders that we have invited LA’s very own Robert Vargas to consider representing the HFF and Hollywood around the world as our 2018/2019 Hollywood Artist in Residence,
We will share more about Robert’s truly inspiring story and his amazing artist vision in a future Update. For now here is a quick look at Robert Vargas in Action, both on his current project to paint the world’s largest freehand mural in downtown LA, some of his unique and mesmerizing live-portrait sittings, and pictures form his recent gallery exhibit the at the Sur le Mur Gallery in the Pacific Design Center.
We would also like to offer our special thanks and gratitude to Megan Phillips, owner of the Sur le Mur Gallery, for inviting us to Robert’s portrait event and helping us plan several exciting future gallery events soon to come this October. On a personal note also my thanks to Michelle for re-connecting me with Robert whose friendship I was privileged to earn when I first came out to LA in 2014 to acquire the Festival. Both amazing human beings and the HFF is honored to have them as part of our growing global family of artists.