Focusing on California


Is 2018 Angelo Esquivel’s year or what? Not only did the local photographer/artist/graphic designer just land a new job at the Yolo Arts Council; Esquivel’s captivating photographs are being featured as part of  Photography Month Sacramento, a first-ever event stretching across three counties (Sacramento, Placer and Yolo) throughout April. “I’m thrilled about being part of this event,” enthuses Esquivel. His exhibit, “CA: Changing the Attitude” (at Ambrosia Café, 1030 K St., through April 28), is a collection of landscapes and cityscapes reflecting California cities the artist visited over the past two years while selling his wares at conventions and pop-up shows. “In every city, I walked around and took pictures, not of landmarks but things that most people might overlook,” he says.

A native of Colombia who now lives in midtown, Esquivel—who also happens to be celebrating the big 4-0 this month—first got the shutterbug bug while taking a photography class at UC Davis in 2006; he had his first professional show four years later. While it’s definitely a business, Esquivel’s art isn’t all about making money. “I truly hope it will inspire and help others,” he says. To learn more about Esquivel, visit For details about Photography Month Sacramento, visit