SOMEWHERE OVER EL ARCO IRIS: CHICANO LANDSCAPES; 1971 - 2015 September 19 through November 15, 2015

I am currently showing at this wonderful group exhibition at MOLAA (Long Beach, CA) curated by Julian Bermudez. 

My piece "ALIENATION" 48" x 96" aerosol and acrylic on wood panel. 2015 Courtesy of Castulo de la Rocha/AltaMed Art Collection

My piece "ALIENATION" 48" x 96" aerosol and acrylic on wood panel. 2015
Courtesy of Castulo de la Rocha/AltaMed Art Collection

MOLAA’s first exhibition to present works solely by Southern California-based Chicano artists, introduces audiences to this unique school of American art through a series of landscapes spanning 40 years. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, photographs, mixed media works and rare studies by artists such as Carlos Almaraz, Yolanda González, Gronk, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Ramses Noriega, Frank Romero, Jamex and Einar de la Torre, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Shizu Saldamando, Roberto Gutíerrez, Jose Ramirez, and Ana Serrano. In addition, street artists Man One, Jaime “Germs” Zacarias, Vyal Reyes, and Johnny KMDZ Rodriguez have been invited to create new, original artworks—inspired by some of the works on view in the exhibition—to convey the breadth and relevance of today’s Chicano art.

Here are some pics from opening night but there is much more to enjoy in person.

*Extended through January 31st, 2016!


I will be conducting a free workshop "Spray the Can" tomorrow, Sunday July 21 from 1-3pm at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.  

Stop by as we paint a collaborative mural, create art on spray cans and I might give away some stickers and stuff (while supplies last).

See you tomorrow. Admission is FREE!  

The MCA is located at: 
653 Paseo Nuevo, Upper Arts Terrace, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.



So last week I led another one of my LA graffiti tours that I organize for private and corporate groups.  This time I was contacted by LACMA Docents and I put together a 2 hour tour for the group which was about 60 people deep!
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We met up in DTLA and I showed them some of the nice productions by crews like CBS, MSK, K2S and artists like Risky, How/Nosm, and Mr. Cartoon.
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I explained to the group some of the basic terms and philosophies of graffiti and street art.  They had some excellent questions and were blown away by so much art that they had never seen or experienced so intimately.
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We wrapped up the tour back at my studio where I showed them some of my paintings, old and new.
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Proof that graff and street art are not only for the young, but the young at heart!

If you would like to have a tour for your group or company just contact me and we'll make it happen!

*All photos by Fred Alcantar © 2013


I was invited, along with over 100 of LA's top graff artists,  to add a page to the Liber Amicorum or "book of friends" for the Getty Research Institute. 

The oversized, one of a kind book was just recently bound and it serves as a historical overview of this moment in time in Los Angeles.  The cover has an elegant "LA" handstyle by the one and only Prime K2S!
LA tag by Prime for GRI Blackbook

I decided to create my piece purely in graphite like I do in my own sketch book these days.
I also decided to stay away from any of my characters.  Letters are at the core of the graffiti movement so that's what I wanted to represent.

We got to actually put our hands on books that were centuries old!

It was nice to see some of the drawings first hand and get a sense of understanding that our modern day graffiti is merely a continuing exploration of these letter forms in art.  In 200 years from now, when someone is looking through this book they will be able to appreciate the text based art that helped transform the world.

I also made sure to add my wife and kids names so that they too will live forever in the halls of the Getty. GRI.5

That day at the Getty some pretty big heavyweights were in the room.
Here I am with Kofie Augustine, Chaz Bojorquez, and Seen.

I don't remember what the book curator from the Getty was trying to tell Seen, but it's obvious that Chaz wasn't buying it! Lol. GRI.2

Hopefully the Getty will decide to exhibit the book and some of the art from it at some point. That would be the icing on the cake!

*Big thanks to Ed Sweeney who not only conceived this project but invited me and all these artists to participate in it.


APRIL 3, 2011
1:00 PM

What is Permanent?

Join me for a tour of a selection of works from MOCA's permanent collection to discuss art that is transitory, or exists only briefly.

In a workshop led and designed by me (Man One), participants will create their own ephemeral art by making urban pop art based on what has been deemed permanent.

Will your art last forever?

213/621-1765 or

(no reservations required)

*image by Man One "LOSDIABLOSANGELES" © 1994
from MOCA's "Urban Revisions: current projects for the public realm"