The Arsenal is owned and operated by husband and wife artists, Sean Boyles and Roan Victor. It was established as an art supply store, art gallery and art class studio on The Alameda, San Jose in the summer of 2011.
The Arsenal moved to its current location, Japantown San Jose in 2017.
Sean and Roan are both painters. Sean holds an MFA graduate degree in painting from Mills College and a BFA in painting from CCA in Oakland. Roan went to San Jose State University for BFA in painting and has been teaching youth since 2003. Both show their work in galleries (solo and group): Empire Seven Studios, Seeing Things Gallery, RVCA, First Amendment Gallery and Giant Robot, to name a few. And they've painted murals for Pow! Wow! San Jose, San Jose Earthquakes, SoFa Market and Hart's Dog Park.