Geronimo Dr. Mural

Original mural prior to removal and replacement, artist unknown c.1999. Photo credit: Christ Chavez

 

Coming Fall 2022

The Geronimo Dr. mural replacement project is a commissioned mural installation for the City of El Paso, Museum and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD). It will replace a weathered mural of over 20 years (artist unknown) originally painted in 1999.

The imagery for the new mural is inspired by commentary from a survey held by MCAD and interviews I held with the Valley View Heights neighborhood and visitors to Bassett Place Mall. It will show wildlife and flora from the regional Chihuahuan desert landscape, patterns drawn from traditional Mexican embroidery, and markings from Mescalero Apache artifacts. I chose the Mescalero Apache tribe for this project for the historical Apache figure Geronimo, whom the street where the mural is located is named after. It will also feature a poem from the late, award winning, El Paso poet Bobby Bryd.

I’m honored and excited to be installing a mural in such a prominent location that will celebrate my hometown and this particular community in El Paso.

Special thanks to Woodart Blasting & Coating for handling the wall preparation.

Artist Assistants

Monsserrat Amador

https://www.instagram.com/m.amador.arte/

Monsserrat Amador is an El Paso Native who specializes in painting. Amador found a great sense of appreciation for self expression as a child and has been practicing ever since. Amador draws inspiration from her experiences and environments, utilizing expressionism to evoke emotion in others. Monsserrat’s goal in her art career is to unify the community and provide healing through self expression.

Kate Behrens

https://www.instagram.com/katebehr_art/

Katelyn Behrens was born in El Paso, Texas in 1998. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in May of 2022, with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Drawing and a minor in Painting. Her work focuses on the Christian religion and its role in today’s society. She has exhibited at an array of local galleries in El Paso, such as the Glass Gallery, the Rubin Center, Amano Artist Co-Op, and Galleria Lincoln. Her work has been selected for multiple student shows, locally and
state-wide. She was awarded “best drawing” at the University of Texas at El Paso Annual Student Exhibition 2022. She lives and works in El Paso, Texas.

Fernando Fernandez

https://www.instagram.com/fernandezgraphics/

Fernando Fernandez is a native local artist here in El Paso, he has been painting for over 30 years. Fernando also known as “Graphics” began doing art as a child where he would draw his schools dittos and worksheets and paint the school gyms as a student at the elementary and middle schools he attended. Fernando painted his first commissioned mural at the age of 18yrs for Power 102 back in the 90’s when art was not a hot commodity as it is now. As one of the first pioneers for the local art movement here in El Paso, Fernando also started the first art walk in El Paso for Black Market and opened and ran an art gallery The Brickhouse back in the 2000’s. He can paint on just about any medium and is skilled in many painting tools from paint brush to airbrush and everything in between. His commissioned projects vary from small projects he does like painting bike helmets, to Virtual Reality game art he collaborated with Dell Computers on, and of course his specialty is murals. His murals are seen throughout El Paso in bars, businesses, homes, and hospitals, all the way to Van Horn where his Jeff Bezos Blue Origin Commissioned mural resides. Fernando pours out his heart and creativity to everything he creates with the goal of making the people feel something but most importantly sending the message of positivity, healing, and light to humanity.

Alexa Herrerape

https://www.instagram.com/aahhlexart/

Alexa Herrera was born in the West Coast yet quickly found herself engulfed by the desert in the borderland of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Chihuahua. Here Herrera has found that life in a singular day can hold a broad spectrum of experiences that art has helped her process. The more Herrera familiarizes herself with emotions and the way the human face expresses them, the more she understands how she can convey the ambiguity that is strived for in her work. Herrera has made the focal point of her art be the human self and has come to love the variety that lies within them. Herrera enjoys finding a muse in everyone she meets, so far they’ve all lead to characters of her own imagination which she’s correlated to the people she loves, has lost, or encounters and the life experiences she’s come to share with such.

Caleb Jimenez

https://www.instagram.com/cafloob/
Caleb Jimenez, and emerging artist born and raised in the lower valley of Socorro, TX. He explores thoughts, emotions, and visions brought through life experience, using the physical manifestations of an image as a map to navigate his own soul.

Angel Ochoa Peña

https://www.instagram.com/angelochoapena/

Born and raised in El Paso Texas, my passion for art was ignited by my oldest brother at an early age. He was always drawing and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I continued to pursue art at a professional level by acquiring my bachelor’s degree of fine art from the University of Texas at El Paso. Even though I’ve graduated the learning and exploring never ends and so I continue to explore new media.
Most of my work is inspired by the environment. I’m interested in portraying a visual message regarding my concerns about nature. The goal is not to just look pleasing, but to reach the viewer’s judgment on the exploitation of nature. I want to inspire awareness and question the logic with which everyday choices are made. I hope that through my work I can push human curiosity and give a different perspective on the era we occupy.

Bear

https://bernadette-ramos.mailchimpsites.com/

Bear is a contemporary artist and printmaker based in El Paso, Texas. Her mother is Navajo/Dine and father Mexican. The “cholo/a culture” that Bear grew up in on the West Coast and Bear’s research to recover traditions (not practiced with her at youth) in her parents’ culture influences her work greatly.

Bear combines digital and traditional techniques to produce images. Bear’s preferred medium is printmaking, but has expanded to mix media, installation, and spray paint. The material guides Bear and is treated like a ceremony/dance. Each gesture during the process of a work is just as important as the outcome

Babak Tavakoli

https://www.instagram.com/untappd.babak/

Babak Tavakoli is an El Paso based muralist who specializes in highly detailed spray paint murals.

Babak brings over a decade of experience to his craft, with formal education in oil painting from the University of Texas at El Paso; the combination of these allowing him to work within both the world of fine art and the world of urban murals. He has collaborated with the El Paso Museum of Art on multiple occasions as well as the Galeria Lincoln, where he performed live mural painting. In his professional work he has painted for a wide variety of local businesses in a range of themes, from underwater scenes and desert landscapes to portraits of iconic film characters and tennis hall-of-famers. In his personal art ventures, Babak takes inspiration from his Iranian and Mexican heritage to create abstract imagery that explores the concepts of multiculturalism and personal identity.

Press

2022

KLAQ – City Invites Residents to Participate in Public Art Community Meetings

KFOX14 – New mural to be painted in central El Paso

KDBC – New mural to be painted in central El Paso

KTSM – City of El Paso announces new mural for Geronimo Drive

KFOX14 – Decades old mural along Geronimo to be replaced with new artwork

Telemundo 48 – Reemplazarán mural en Geronimo Drive para embellecer el centro de El Paso

Special Thanks

Woodart Blasting and Coating