23rd Street Mural Honoring Black Lives Matter
By Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez
The goal for Richmond-artist Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez’s project was to bring Black, Afro-Latinx and Latinx community members together to create a mural that affirms the Black Lives Matter movement. The idea came from an invitation by members of the Richmond Our Power Coalition. During the project, Richmond community members gathered in Richmond Art Center’s courtyard to paint several mobile murals on canvas, some of them in Spanish, to be displayed where the Latino community congregates.
The text on the largest states: “Las vidas negras valen lo mismo que la tuya y la mia.” – “Black lives are worth the same as yours and mine.”
Rebeca is specially grateful to Richmond artist and collaborator Carmen Melendez Toya, who assisted in all stages of this project.
About the Artist: Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez is a Richmond, CA painter who grew up in a suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico. After earning a BFA at the University of Puerto Rico, she came to San Francisco in 1985 to pursue a graduate degree in fine art. Rebeca has been painting the Bay Area landscape for a few years. She is also interested in the figure and in portraits of people from groups underrepresented in the canon. She shows her work locally. Her paintings are part of several local, private collections. garcia-gonzalez.com