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Javier Rocabado

San Francisco, CA

“Public art reflects and represents the character of the community, their traditions, inquietudes, their past and present while bringing a sense of pride and the hope of better times. Being aware that public art can serve as a bridge between diverse cultural backgrounds, this fact provides me with a sense of purpose as it is a very powerful form of communication. It can link people together, stimulate a sense of pride within the community, and introduce the viewer to new ideas and perspectives. My work as a muralist is to gather those traditions, inquietude, pride, hope and translate them into a visual language using larger-than-life and realistic images to relay this message.

I was born in 1959 in the city of Sucre, Bolivia. In 1981 I left Bolivia and moved to Utah. From there I moved to Oklahoma and Texas and eventually ended up in San Francisco where I was accepted into the Academy of Art University. I graduated from the Academy of Art University in 1990 with a BFA in Painting and a BFA in Illustration.

Among some of my more public works is a commissioned a 12’x5’ mural of the Tree Graces in Vasari’s Mens’ Boutique in the San Francisco Shopping Center, a 40’x25’ commissioned mural in Russian Hill for Armax INC. Builders and Developers, and the entire altar at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in Colusa, CA. I have also illustrated children’s’ books such as The Orb and the Hourglass and video games such as Smoking Car Production’s The Last Express. I worked at the Mexican Museum and have curated many shows including QUELACO’s Art Group Exhibition for Pride in 2003 and most of the art shows at Amaru Arts Gallery in the Mission District of San Francisco of which I was also the proprietor.”