Category Archives: Mexican-American culture

Tucson’s murals enliven public spaces

[Source: Suli Yi, VOA News] — The city of Tucson, Arizona is known for its murals. These wall-size works of art represent a traditional Chicano art form and reflect the city’s large Mexican-American population. Some paintings celebrate the community’s cultural identity, while others document their lives and struggles. For producer Yi Suli, Elaine Lu has more on the murals of Tucson.

In Tucson, murals are everywhere: in museums, on the walls of schools and restaurants. David Tineo has created more than 200 murals all over Tucson. He says it is in his blood. “We come across many generations. We are proud of who we are. We come here to the United States. This is our heritage.” Alfred Quiroz, a professor of arts at the University of Arizona, says the Chicano community’s roots inspire artists like Tineo. “I would say David is probably a very traditional Chicano muralist who valued a lot with family, southwest tradition, some of the folklore of the southwestern traditions,” he said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]