fine artist & muralist
I was a lead artist in a team of muralists painting a mural under the I- 58underpass in West Oakland working with the AHC (Attitudinal Healing Connection). Our mission is to help beautify Oakland by bringing art to public spaces. The project was funded by the City of Oakland and can be viewed at 36th Street & Market St. in Oakland.
I never thought that my work will someday become a memorial ground. In September of 2015, me and a group of 10 other muralists were painting this mural on West Oakland California, this project’s intention and vision is to prevent crime in the neighborhood, the irony struck us on that tragic day when Antonio Ramos, one of my helpers was shot and killed while painting the mural. As the lead artist, my social responsibility was to continue and finish the work and not let fear let the vision and intentions of creating art against crime. We finished on time and we had a tremendous support of the people.
Dia de los Muertos 2013 SoMArts, SF
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 2015 SOMARTS, SF
Dia de los Muertos 2013 SoMArts, SFSOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibition, beginning in mid-October and concluding around the time of the holiday itself, is a beloved and uniquely San Francisco event. Curated by Rene Yañez and Rio Yañez. I had been participating in this event for 3 consecutive years, the following images are from 2013. I created this art installation in memory of those who had started a global movement for AIDS cure, prevention and governments involvement in assisting those infected and suffering from this epidemic. In 1985 a group of AIDS and HIV infected individuals, chained themselves at the doors of the Federal Building in San Francisco CA, demanding the attention of the federal government to the epidemic that had affected a 50% of gay males in San Francisco and mayor other cities in the USA. the vigil that was later called stayed on the UN plaza grounds for 10 yrs
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 2015 SOMARTS, SFIn our “modern” American society we spend billions of dollars in a never-ending “drug-war”. We also spend billions imprisoning people here at home. The US has Special Forces and Marines along with other troops in the Americas chasing unemployed drug dealers. Meanwhile, this war has killed over a hundred thousand people in Mexico. The drug market is a demand-based business fueled by the hunger of millions of people for illegal drugs. The production, supply, and use of these drugs create a vacuum into which organized crime moves in. In the U.S.A. people of color are more likely to be incarcerated for drug offenses than white folk. Arrests for drug offenses are notoriously discretionary therefore allowing law enforcement to easily target a particular ethnic group. Prohibition has fostered this stereotyping of people of color. Prohibition unnecessarily criminalizes millions of otherwise law-abiding people. It removes the responsibility of the pharmacist for distribution of drugs and gives it to unregulated, sometimes violent street dealers. Legalization restores our right to use drugs responsibly in order to change the way we think and feel. It enables controls and regulations to be put in place to protect the vulnerable. Legalization is not a cure-all but it does allow us to address many of the problems associated with drug use and those created by prohibition.