Upperplayground News


by Ariadna Zierold

El Mac recently stopped by Phoenix in Arizona a few monthas ago where he created this large-scale mural entitled “Nuestra Gente” (Our People).

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The background designs around the face were painted by Mando Rascón, and the outer images on the ends of the mural were painted by Pablo Luna.

Mando and Pablo were known in the 90s as pioneers of graffiti in Phoenix. Pablo began painting graffiti in the early 80s and became one of Phoenix’s most prolific painters, while Mando perfected a style of intricate lettering that was unique and influential.

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The American artist painted the center-part which is featuring a beautiful portrait painted with his signature striation technique.

El Mac Completes New Mural at Northeastern University in Boston

Los Angeles-based artist El Mac took his first trip to Boston to complete a mural at Northeastern University, as a signature piece of the university’s Public Art Initiative. The large-scale mural is based on a photo El Mac took of his wife. It is meant to celebrate the intersection of arts and sciences at Northeastern, as part of the university’s ongoing effort to enhance the campus.

The image features a woman with long braids, wearing a toga. A bolt of lightning extends from the fingers on right hand, while she grasps a paintbrush in her left hand. El Mac described her as a “Greek Muse”.

The mural at Northeastern University is particularly significant to El Mac because his father attended Northeastern and his mother grew up in Boston. This was the LA-based artist first visit to the city.