An immigrant artist from Manila, Philippines, Bodeck Luna has been creating pieces that explore the relationship between nostalgia, social empowerment, and decolonization. Modern society’s heavy reliance on disposable technology and consumerism is a recurring theme in his work. His background in street art heavily influences his figurative paintings, illustrations and murals.
Bodeck’s site-specific murals aimed to honor local residents are located across Long Beach and its neighboring cities via Long Beach Walls, Arts Council for Long Beach, private commissions or projects with the city. Some of his notable collaborations include Apple, LA Metro, Long Beach City Hall, Music Center LA, Aquarium of the Pacific and Covered California. Bodeck showcases paintings, murals and curates other artists’ pieces in DIY pop-up art shows throughout the city to display other up and coming emerging artists. Bodeck was 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. He was invited in early 2020 at Harvard Graduate School of Education to host a lecture on street art and activism.