This is Enrique Morones from BuenHombre.org and MagnificentMujer.org podcasts.
This week we have a “Buen Hombre” like no other, an “Art-ivist”, and a person very well known in certain circles, but who should be known in all circles, all the way from the great country of Peru, but who has has spent most of his life in San Diego, California, my good friend, Mario Torero.
Mario Torero is a very well known Chicano muralist, artist, and just a great humanitarian. Some of his best works as far as murals in San Diego and Southern California are: “The Eyes of Picasso” painted, then demolished when the buildings, whose walls they graced disappeared then reappearing again all over San Diego County during the last 4 decades... And perhaps the most well known in the media is the “I’m Not A Minority” mural in Los Angeles. You also might be familiar with his painting of Cesar Chavez, or his iconic Chicano Park murals.
Over the last 50 years he has been bringing his passion for “Art-ivism” and the Chicano Art movement all over California, to other cities in the United States and even in travels abroad to join other Artivist causes in Peru, Mexico, Germany, the Czech Republic, Japan, China, Cuba, Spain and more to come in the future. Most recently I joined him in Berlin for the thirtieth anniversary of the
Fall of the Berlin Wall last November, where he shared the story of the Chicano Art Movement and the Chicano Park Community Revolution with audiences there alongside myself and two other local Chicano Activists, artist/muralist Enrique Chiu, and artist/architect Adrian Luz.
If you have never heard this name, or if Mario is an old friend of yours, I equally hope that you share my wonder in this “Art-ivists” entertaining adventures and his never ending quest to explore himself, his world and to push past boundaries in possibilities, and meaning, beyond any borders.
Like me, and our listeners, he is driven by his love of all people, Patchamama (the Earth) and a great passion for life and hope. We hope this passion touches your hearts today.
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Mario Torero has been a supporter of Gente Unida since our inception.
He is offering to support our humanitarian causes by donating a portion of sales of posters and T shirts during the months of April and May to Gente Unida.
In celebration of Chicano Park’s 50th anniversary and Gente Unida’s deep connection with this legendary place, Mario Torero is donating a portion of all sales from his posters and limited editions to GenteUnida’s Humanitarian causes. A portion of profits from all purchases of Chicano Park Day posters from past years will be donated to the Chicano Park Museum.