The 1980s in Los Angeles provided the backdrop for what became Ken Garduno’s singular artistic voice. This voice, coupled with the competitive nature of ArtCenter, distilled a strong work ethic to go along with Garduno’s innate talent. His work is unique in that it is not tied down by the confines of fine art or surrealism but is, instead, a marriage of the two. His art is identifiable; its dreamlike quality often presents itself in a manner that allows the viewer to relate to it in a multitude of fashions. Known for his portraiture but not limited by it, Garduno draws influence from the everyday, reinterpreting it in his own artistic vision. He has worked with numerous organizations and publications, such as Disney, Cantina Creative, Penguin Books, "The New York Times," "LA Weekly," "the American Illustration annual" and "Hi-Fructose," and his work has been shown in galleries worldwide.