Long Beach painter, illustrator, and muralist Bodeck Luna Hernandez
is interested in bridging the divide between childhood memories & our Digital Age.
An immigrant from Manila, Philippines, Bodeck has been creating pieces that compound the sensory habit of replaying a distant visual memory, while pixelating expired recollections. Exploring the relationship between nostalgia, social empowerment, and modern society’s heavy reliance on disposable technology and consumerism is a recurring theme in his work. His personal approach and background in street art heavily influences his paintings and illustrations; then and ongoing.
Bodeck showcases paintings, and curates other artists’ works in DIY pop-up art shows throughout the city to display other up and coming emerging artists. His site-specific murals in 2017 aimed to honor the local residents are located across Long Beach and its neighboring cities – “Recess” through Pow!Wow! Long Beach, “Golden Boy” in Cambodia Town through the Arts Council for Long Beach’s Cambodia Town Mural Project, “Four Continents” utility box by the Blue Line Metro Station, Intellectual Virtues Academy crest banner, “Blue Pearl” through Covered California in Huntington Beach, and his most ambitious, self-funded project in collaboration with InspiredLBC, “Little Dreamer,” a DACA-inspired mural through StreetArtistsinResidence and Indecline. Bodeck has been appointed as the Art Director for the first annual Long Beach Filipino Festival in 2018. From commercial and private commissions to album covers, he aims to bind the community by showcasing local talent and businesses."