Willie Herrón

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Willie Herrón III (born 1951) is an American Chicano muralist, performance artist and commercial artist.

Life[edit]

He grew up in East Los Angeles. He studied at Otis Art Institute and Art Center College of Design.[1]

In the early 1970s Herrón was founding members of the Los Angeles art collective, Asco, which also included Patssi Valdez, Gronk, and Harry Gamboa, Jr.[2] Herrón and Valdez had been working on joint art projects since they were in high school together[3] and for a time, Valdez and Herron dated.[4] Herron was involved with Asco for about fifteen years.[5]

Herrón's first major exhibition was with Gamboa and Gronk at the Mechicano Art Center in East Los Angeles in 1972.[3] His art was also part of the Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation (CARA) exhibit that toured the United States.

Herrón's murals often incorporate the found imagery of existing graffiti into his own work.[3]

He was a founding member of the punk band, Los Illegals.[2]

He co-owns a commercial design studio.

Herron lends his assistance to struggling artists and those who struggle with their differences in traditional communities.[6] He has been a "representative figure for the underappreciated Chicano and contemporary artist," especially after one of his well-loved murals was whitewashed.[7]

Works[edit]

  • "The Wall that Cracked Open" 1972 [8]
  • "Asco: East of No West" 2011 [9]
  • "Luchas del Mundo", (destroyed) north side of the Hollywood Freeway at Alameda[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Willie Herron III". Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Kennedy, Randy (25 August 2011). "Chicano Pioneers". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Gamboa, Jr., Harry (July 1991). "In the City of Angels, Chameleons, and Phantoms: Asco, a Case Study of Chicano Art in Urban Tones (or Asco Was a Four-Member Word)". In Castillo, Richard Griswold Del; McKenna, Teresa; Yarbro-Bejarano, Yvonne. Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985. Los Angeles, California: Wight Art Gallery. pp. 121–130. ISBN 0943739152. 
  4. ^ Hernandez, Daniel (6 June 2007). "The Art Outlaws of East L.A.". LA Weekly. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Guzman-Lopez, Adolfo (7 September 2011). "1970s L.A. Chicano Conceptual Art Group Gets its Due". KCET. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Slowjoe (8 July 2009). "Willie Herron: Man or Myth?". LatinoLA. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Gomez-Quinones, Juan (2014). Making Aztlan: Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement, 1966-1977. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 9780826354679. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.sparcmurals.org/preserv/Herron1.html
  9. ^ http://lacma.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/east-of-no-west-willie-herron/
  10. ^ http://www.laweekly.com/2010-10-14/columns/muralgeddon/

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