By Sophie Vansomphone and Joseph Hsing, Pacific Ties
What is their story?
UCLA Alumni Mar Dumlao and Bernadette “Bernie” Bernardo have recently come out with their new gallery, the LA Art Box. The pair originally met at UCLA during Bernie’s sophomore year, and from then on, they began to make their mark on the world.
Bernardo was a student at UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts as an industrial design major, which was “a different aspiration from what most Asian students are encouraged by their parents to do.” She would go on to start a career in the beauty industry, first as a makeup artist and then as executive regional director for a very large makeup company, overseeing the hiring and growth of many future leaders in the beauty industry.
After graduating from UCLA in 1994 with a degree in biology, Dumlao went on to obtain a master’s degree in public affairs at Columbia University and become a technical program manager for Uber. However, he still let his passion for the arts show.