Continuing our support of the upcoming Frida exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we’re bringing you an artist profile of Cesar Viveros, a mural artist in Philadelphia. The Frida exhibit opens on February 20th and runs until March 18th.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m an artist who believes in creating art for no reason. When I was around 5 years old I would dig in my back yard to get some clay, after I created several figures I wanted to color them with whatever was at hand: lime as white, crushed brick as red, charcoal as black and been able to get me using those pigments I felt a thirst for discover inside myself that never stopped. I have always been drawn to big and vibrant images and feel moved by the presence and power of a large-scale art project and feel the scale motivates and energizes my work.
Why did you start a mural with Frida for Philadelphia?
The main reason for me to make the mural with Frida is because years ago I was reading Frida’s biography and I was inspired by her life. I painted a piece of her for Day of the Dead and ended up painting her and Diego Rivera in a mural at the intersection of Girard and Germantown Avenue along with other Mexican features.
The image of Frida is actually a section of the mural that will be installed along with what we paint with our community. The title for the mural will be Vive la Vida.
Where will the mural be located?
We do not have a wall yet, but we would like to paint it in South Philadelphia. If someone has a potential wall they should send the information to the Mural Arts Program. We would love this help because we are running out possibilities of getting a wall.
How can people support the Mural?
For more information about Cesar go to www.cesarviveros.org
Check out the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when it comes to Philly February 20th – May 18th.