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Latino Street Artists Inherit L.A.’s Chicano Tradition

Murals by Hispanic artists Levi Ponce and Kristy Sandoval bring life and color to Los Angeles walls, while paying tribute to great thinkers and artists of the past.

. A surfer skateboards to the beach, past a mural titled “Luminaries of Pantheism” by artist Levi Ponce in the Venice Beach section of Los Angeles on June 23, 2015.

Today's young Hispanic muralists are in many ways a continuation of the generation of Hispanic artists who contributed to the development of the Chicano movement in the early 70s when Los Angeles was the capital of American muralists.

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. A mural titled "Decolonize" by artist Kristy Sandoval decorates a wall in the Pacoima section of Los Angeles on June 11. Sandoval's mural took advantage of the existing barred window and parasol to show a woman freeing Monarch butterflies and parrots from a cage.

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. Sandoval works on a painting at the Pacoima Community Youth Culture Center on June 11. She is one of the Hispanic muralists who began to emerge after the end of a regulation prohibiting murals on private properties three years ago.

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. A woman pushes a shopping cart past a Ponce's mural of late Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, on June 6. Ponce is an American artist noted for his public murals throughout Southern California's San Fernando Valley.

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. DJ's play music near a mural of Salvador Dali, painted by Ponce, at a community event of muralists and Hip Hop artists on June 6. Levi Ponce is the son of Hector Ponce, a Salvadoran sign maker who has also painted murals.

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. Levi Ponce poses next to his mural, an adaptation of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, on June 2.

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. Workers walk past Ponce's "The Day the Music Died" on June 6. The mural pays tribute to Pacoima's residents Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly, who were killed in a plane accident on Feb. 3, 1959.

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. Ponce paints a portrait of Mexican artist Diego Rivera on June 6.

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. A pedestrian walks past Ponce's mural of actor Danny Trejo on June 6.

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