These three famous ladies have been immortalized on the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Echo Park Ave. Like last week’s feature artwork, this mural was also painted by LA Steez. Comparisons of this mural with he others really highlight the artist’s range.
The first is Frida Kahlo, famed Mexican painter, who was born on July 6, 1907 and died on July 13, 1954. Her art is generally classed as surrealism. Kahlo was married to fellow artist, Diego Rivera and is best known for her self portraits. She is quoted as saying “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” This painting is entitled The Broken Column and was painted in 1944.
The second is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was appointed by President Obama and assumed her role as an associate justice on August 8, 2009. She was born in Bronx, New York on June 25, 1954 and is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School. The justice has a High School named after her: Sonia Sotomayor School of History and Dramatic arts, which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Famous quote: “Yes, someone like me can do this.”
Last we have Selena Quintanilla-Perez, famed singer, a.k.a. the Queen of Tejano. She was born in Lake Jackson, Texas on April 16, 1971, and tragically she was murdered on March 31, 1995–at just 23 years of age–by Yolanda Saldivar, a close family associate. The singer won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Mexican American album for Selena Live! One of the best know hits from the album is I Could Fall in Love. “Selena,” a movie base on her life was released in 1997.
Many thanks to this artist for reminding us all of the many contributions and positive influences of Latin American art, culture, (and people!) in America.