For muralists, a canvas is too small to capture their story. Instead they look to walls covering entire buildings as their gallery. The Chicano mural movement started in the 1960’s throughout the Southwest in Mexican-American communities inspired by Mexican revolutionary-era painters like José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaros Siquieros as well as pre-Columbian Native American artwork throughout the Americas.
In the streets of El Paso, Texas, Chicano artists found their voice and expressed their passion through murals on the highway pillars in “Chicano Park.” Durazno Street leads through a way of cultural murals that support the spaghetti bowl and are home to Lincoln Park. The murals represent different footsteps that have impacted the city throughout decades including many human rights activists and even folktale characters. Apart from Lincoln Park, this part of the city is nicknamed “El Corazon de El Paso” (the heart of El Paso) for capturing the heart and culture of the city. Following San Diego, California, El Paso is the second city in the country to officially dedicate murals in recognition to the Lowrider community.
“Chuco Suave” is a mural that reflects a Zoo Suiter accompanied by a Pegasus– it was painted by Gabriel Gaytan in honor of Leo Rivera, founder of the El Paso Lowrider Association. Amongst Gaytan’s collections, he has also painted a mural named “El Corazon de El Paso” which reflects a heart who’s arteries are roads connecting to the mountains. Every time one is riding down 1-10 Highway, splotches of color are caught with peripheral vision, they are the incomparable pieces of art the city of El Paso has to offer.