Murals are as Chicano as corn tortillas and guacamole. They are a vivid, living part of our culture that expresses our sorrow and our hope, our dreams and our despair. Many of our greatest Chicano and Chicana artists got their start by painting on the walls of gas stations and schools, residential fences, and community centers. Bringing the murals back to life in ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege, and telling the story of their births and deaths, makes an important contribution to the study of Chicana/o art as a serious and uniquely American art form.
Above Image: Detail, Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma, Fountain Valley Mural (1974–1976); Private Collection of the O’Cadiz Family.