Gabriel Villa (born 1965, El Paso, Texas, USA) is a Pilsen, Chicago-based artist and muralist. His influences have been "Family, U.S Texas/Mexico Border Culture, American Sports, 1960’s Counter Culture, 1980’s Reaganomics, Indigenous and Western Art".
2009 mural censorship controversy
In May 2009, he was commissioned to paint a mural on a private property in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood depicting three Chicago Police Department public surveillance cameras that carried the CPD logo along with other images, like a crucified Christ, a deer head and a skull. The mural was painted over completely by the Graffiti Blasters at the behest of 11th ward Alderman James Balcer, who said about the mural "My main concern is the safety and well-being for the people in this community. We have gang violence and children getting shot, and I believed that the mural sent the wrong message.” The incident sparked a local controversy over censorship, surveillance and private property.
- The art of Gabriel Villa. - Item Details - Chicago Public Library
- The Border of Gabriel Villa, The Art of Gabriel Villa
- "Balcer orders City to paint over mural on private property". July 3, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
- Gabriel Villa’s Mural Destroyed, 05.15.2009, By Shannon Benine, mediating the medium
- BLUECANVAS Magazine, No. 5 page 92 'Artist Vs. System' by Margarita Korol
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