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Spotlight on Artist Ismael Cazarez: Murals of East L.A.

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Spotlight on Artist Ismael Cazarez: Murals of East L.A.

Artist: Ismael Cazarez Address:  Boyle Heights. Forest and Brooklyn. East Los Angeles. Size:  18' X 30' ft Medium:  Acrylic Date:  1975 Type: Political/Religious

Artist: Ismael Cazarez  Address: Boyle Heights. Forest and Brooklyn. East Los Angeles.  Size: 18′ X 30′ ft  Medium: Acrylic  Date: 1975  Type: Political/Religious

via MuralConservancy.org

Title:  Breaking Chains and Sacrificial Fires

Description / Interpretation:

This mural has been destroyed. Its imagery alludes to an awakening of a sleeping giant, Islam uprising and protest. The artist illustrated “breaking chains” as “creating change” and fire was used to symbolize the sacrifice that the change requires to happen.

 

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez Address:  California State University Los Angeles5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA (click to view) Size:  5' X 5' ft Medium:  Acrylic Date:  1976 Type:  Political

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez  Address:  California State University Los Angeles5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA  Size:  5′ X 5′ ft  Medium:  Acrylic  Date:  1976  Type:  Political

Title:  200 Years of What

Description / Interpretation:

This was a bicentennial student mural/wall/panel that was on the side of the student union building. The wall was later destroyed. Imaged is the thinking man, sitting on technological themed books. The artist was working on the concept that “[Humanity] been here and we’ve only destroyed our world.”

 

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez Address:  California State University of Los Angeles. 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA (click to view) Size:  10' X 35' ft Medium:  Acrylic Date:  1979 Type:  Political

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez  Address:  California State University of Los Angeles. 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA  

Title:  Dance Spirit

Size:  10′ X 35′ ft  Medium:  Acrylic  Date:  1979  Type:  Political

Description / Interpretation:

This mural was paid through the Student Work Program at the accompanying school. The mural itself features musical instruments, musicians, dancers that are performing Swan Lake, and other types of dance. The muralist faced some controversy over the charged political themes present in his work. Isadora Duncan (a famous dancer and open communist) is featured. Also featured is a mine dancing over Central American, which is meant to symbolize the silencing power the country has in politics. Although still generally intact, the mural has undergone some damage due to recent reconstruction.

 

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez Address:  El Caballero Bar, East Los Angeles, 3rd and Dickson   Size:  15' X 20' ft Medium:  Acrylic & Aerosol Date:  1973 Type:  Graffiti / Street Art Abstract

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez  Address:  El Caballero Bar, East Los Angeles, 3rd and Dickson  

Title:  El Caballero Bar

Size:  15′ X 20′ ft  Medium:  Acrylic & Aerosol  Date:  1973  Type:  Graffiti / Street Art Abstract

Description / Interpretation:

Assisted by Guillermo Bejarano. This mural has since been destroyed. The copyright on the image says 1974, although it was actually created in 1973. This was the artist’s first commissioned mural. This mural was created in the “pre-tagging days”. The artist was experimenting in his technique, playing with themes found in cosmic art.

 

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez Address:  3rd St. & Indiana. East Los Angeles. (click to view) Size:  12' X 10' ft Medium:  Acrylic & Aerosol Date:  1973 Type:  Abstract

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez  Address:  3rd St. & Indiana. East Los Angeles  Size:  12′ X 10′ ft  Medium:  Acrylic & Aerosol 

Title:  In Search of the Cosmic Spirit

Date: 1973  Type:  Abstract

 

 

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez Address:  East Los Angeles, near General Hospital and the 5 FWY. Size:  15' X 60' ft Medium:  Acrylic Date:  1976 Type:  Portrait

Artist:  Ismael Cazarez  Address:  East Los Angeles, near General Hospital and the 5 FWY  Size:  15′ X 60′ ft  Medium:  Acrylic

Title:  Modern Man and Technology

Date:  1976  Type:  Portrait

Description / Interpretation:

Commissioned by auto repair station it was on. The right hand side of the mural is a self-portrait of the artist. Painting brushing is singing his drawing. The building was an auto shape near General Hospital and 5 FWY, before it was destroyed. The mural used to wrap around the entire building.

© Photos Ismael Cazarez | All information courtesy of Ismael Cazarez.

 

 

 

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