In the 60s I got
caught up in the energies of the streets and it seems that I have never been
able to leave them. During these times I found myself thinking a lot like
other minority artist of the times. Thinking that for the most part our traditional
art funding sources and our academic art institutions were not supportive
and had little relevancy towards culturally or community related art projects.
As such we became dependent on our own resources, ourselves and our own communities.
These resources became and still are my main inspiration for the subject matter
in my art, which speaks about history and culture, traditions and celebrations,
community needs and struggles, and peoples dignity and aspirations.
My art projects a vision of a future free from injustice and exploitation.
I have produced art using a variety of art media but for the most part my
recognition has been through my mural paintings. I have selected this medium
for a variety of reasons: Murals tend to involve the community in the process;
murals can reach many, since they are in public places accessible to everyone.
They are a wonderful form to educate and inspire; murals fill a need for honest
communication between all people on a non-verbal level a muralist can communicate
ideas which often get neglected by our traditional education system, politicians,
TV, or newspaper--ideas that need to be explored in the publics eye.
see murals as much more than decorations. While murals do add color and liveliness
to a neighborhood, this is not my main objective. In my view, those muralists
who are most effective use color and form not as end products, but as tools
for conveying specific subject matter. Further, this subject matter is expressed
by means of public symbolism easily understood by a general audience, rather
than in private or personal symbols, to be interpreted by only a few. Murals
that truly speak for a community and its social concerns are a real inspiration,
both as a model for the artist and as a monument to the struggles and aspirations
of the community.