- Mario Cespedes
- Artwork Type
- Media & Support
- Public Library
1900 East Firestone Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
The mural Cespedes designed reflected the conversations he had with those children who helped with the project. Its themes focus on how people impact and relate to nature and how the next generation can improve our relationship with the environment. The schoolchildren who helped Cespedes also painted flags in the mural from countries their families came from, reflecting their personal histories.
Mario Cespedes was born in La Paz, Bolivia and grew up in both Bolivia and Brazil. A self-taught artist, he acquired his early knowledge of art by visiting museums, studying the artworks there, and trying to replicate them on his own. Brazilian artist Candido Portinari was his greatest early influence. In Brazil, Cespedes became a successful artist and was invited to be in the São Paulo Art Biennial in 1975 and 1977. Cespedes moved to the Los Angeles area in 1982 and has remained in Southern California ever since.
He has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows. His other public artworks include an outdoor “painting” for a North Hollywood bike path and an art series for bus shelters in the Florence area (since removed). A leitmotif in both his public and studio work, is humanity’s impact on the natural environment, especially the ongoing destruction of the Amazon basin rainforest.