Benito Juarez Muralists to Reunite After 30 Years

Over 30 years ago, Jimmy Longoria, Oscar Moya, Marcos Raya, Robert Valadez, and Salvador Vega, five young artists in Pilsen were commissioned to create a mural on the east side of the new high school in Pilsen, Benito Juarez High School. The Mexican community had fought long and hard to have this new school built. To reflect this struggle, the artists created A La Esperanza, a large mural which evokes the struggles and aspirations of Mexican youths and families. Thirty years later, they are now all professional artists, creating original paintings, murals, sculptures, and other forms of creative expression. They have developed very distinct styles, techniques, and themes. Each artist merits a “One-Man Show,” but all together will be an exhibit not to be missed. The exhibit will bring these five artists back together for the first time in 30 years to showcase some of their current work. The reunion and opening reception will take place on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Carlos and Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery, 1538 W. Cullerton St. at 7pm. For more information, call 773-580-8053 or email

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