From poor rural areas to urban barrios, public
schools, prisons, universities, museums and many other places, I have tried
to paint relevant and meaningful murals for the people of Colorado.
My upbringing by farm-worker parents with their values and religious beliefs
as well as my later participation in the Chicano Movement, inspired me to paint
murals for more than forty years. Studying under African-American professor
and muralist, Dr. John T. Biggers, at Texas Southern University in Houston,
increased my understanding of and ability to paint murals. I was also fortunate
to meet the Mexican mural master, David Alfaro Siqueiros, who inspired me to
paint about social issues in the U.S.
In 1973, I developed a concept for sculptural
free standing murals, which can be transported and exhibited in many places.
This has proven to be very effective in conveying mural messages, as their
very shapes and structural configurations excite and inspire mural spectators.
I involve youth and others in planning, constructing, priming and texturing
the mural panels. The unusual shapes stimulate greater interest in participants
to internalize the mural theme and its meaning.
A key element found in my work is the struggle
for human liberation and democracy. This refers to dehumanizing conditions
oppressed peoples strive to overcome such as poverty and homelessness in
our cities, the destruction of the environment, racism and exploitation
or any unjust conditions. These issues, in my pinion, should be addressed