East Los Streetscapers

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East Los Streetscapers Public Art Studios is a muralist art collective and fine art studio based in East Los Angeles, California. Its members have executed over twenty murals and large-scale public artworks, primarily in the Los Angeles area.


East Los Streetscapers grew out of the Chicano Mural Movement of the 1960s and 1970s,[1] a strand of muralism that "began as an arm of struggle of claiming urban space"[2] for Chicanos.

It was founded by Wayne Alaniz Healy and David Rivas Botello in 1975.

Alaniz and Botello met in elementary school, and when in the third grade, collaborated on a mural. However, they lost touch when Botello's family moved to nearby City Terrace.[3]

In 1969, Botello co-founded Goez Art Studio, "the first" Chicano art studio,[4] with Jose Luis Gonzalez and Juan Gonzalez. In 1973, he painted Dreams of Flight, one of the early murals at Estrada Courts.

In 1968, Healy earned Bachelor's degrees in aerospace engineering and mathematics from Cal Poly Pomona. He went on to earn a Master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1973. He began working with Mechicano Art Center in East Los Angeles, and in 1974, painted the mural Ghosts of the Barrio at the Los Angeles housing project Ramona Gardens. He has since earned a Master's of Fine Arts from California State University, Northridge and created numerous screen prints with Self-Help Graphics & Art.

In 1975 Healy and Botello teamed to form Los Dos Streetscapers. They were soon joined by other artists such as George Yepes, Paul Botello, Rudy Calderon, Rich Raya, Ricardo Duffy, Charles Solares and Fabian Debora, which occasioned the renaming of the group to “East Los Streetscapers.” Name change[›] While collaborating artists have come and gone, Healy and Botello have remained the core of the group.

In 1990, Healy and Botello founded the Palmetto Gallery to provide exposure for younger artists.[2]

East Los Streetscapers have also sponsored projects for barrio youth.


The collective used acrylic paint as the primary medium for their early murals, but later incorporated such media as hand-painted tiles, cast bronze, and porcelain-enameled steel. Murals outside of Los Angeles include projects in San Jose, California, Santa Maria, California, Houston, Texas, St. Louis, Missouri, and Bellingham, Washington. Their work is characterized as "multicultural, strong, dynamic, colorful, site specific, and compositionally dramatic in line and texture."[5]


Title Year Location
Chicano Time Trip 1977 2601 North Broadway, [[Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California|Lincoln Heights] & Daly St], exterior
Corrido de Boyle Heights 1984 5 puntos corner, 1301 Brooklyn Place, Los Angeles, CA & N Indiana St, exterior
Education Suite: Arte, Ciencia y Filosofia 1981 Helen Bailey Library at East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754, interior stairway
Filling Up on Ancient Energies 1979 Shell Gas Station, Soto St. and 4th St., Boyle Heights, exterior
Gateway to Manifest Destiny 1982 Victor Clothing Company, 240 South Broadway, Los Angeles, first floor interior
Hacia Date Al Norte 1991 Outdoor Products, 3800 Mission Road, Lincoln Heights, interior of employees' cafeteria
La Sombra del Arroyo 1996 Gateway Transit Center, exterior
Life Flows at Aliso-Pico 1983 Aliso-Pico Multipurpose Center, 1505 East 1st Street, Boyle Heights, exterior
Moonscapes I-V 1979 and 1987 Department of Motor Vehicles, 11400 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, exterior
El Nuevo Fuego 1985 Victor Clothing Company, 240 South Broadway, Los Angeles, exterior
On the Pivot Point of Life 1994 Los Angeles County Central Probation Department Juvenile Hall, 1605 Eastlake Avenue, Los Angeles, interior of chapel
Pride of Mar Vista 1988 Mar Vista Gardens Recreation Center, 11965 Allin Street, exterior
Stairway to Global Health 1991 Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet Senior High School, 1200 Cornwell Street, exterior
South Central Codex and Slauson Serenade 1995 Slauson Metro Transit Station, exterior
Take the Future in Your Hands 1992 Haddon Avenue School, 10115 Haddon Avenue, Pacoima, exterior
Trucha! Vital Decisions Ahead 1988 Lincoln Heights Recreation Center, 2303 Workman Street, exterior
Our Pico Neighborhood 2005 Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica, California

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  • ^ Name change: "Los Dos" is Spanish for "The Two", which, once the group expanded, was no longer applicable.


  1. ^ Healy, Wayne Alaniz. "History" (JPG). East Los Streetscapers website. East Los Streetscapers. Retrieved 2008-01-09. The roots of E.L.S. reach back to the Chicano Mural Movement of the 1960s and 70s. 
  2. ^ a b Eva Sperling, Cockroft. "Contradiction or Progression: The Mainstreaming of a Mural Movement". ZoneZero Magazine. ZoneZero. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  3. ^ "EAST LOS STREETSCAPERS". Lamurals.org. Los Angeles Mural Conservancy. Retrieved 2008-01-09. Botello and Healy did their first mural together about dinosaurs in the third grade, but soon afterwards Botello's family moved a mile away to City Terrace from their East Los Angeles neighborhood. It wasn't until they were adults, and both were doing murals on their own, that they met again and decided to renew their collaboration. 
  4. ^ Gonzalez, Jose Luis. "Bio". Goez Art Studio. Goez Art Studio and Gallery in East Los Angeles; (1) which was the first art studio and gallery in the country to dedicate its resources to Chicano art and artists 
  5. ^ "East Los Streetscapers". USC Library Archival Collections. University of Southern California. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 

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