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Murals at El Monte Station: Eloy Torrez

Artist Eloy Torrez invites viewers at the El Monte Bus Station to venture out of their ordinary daily life into unexpected territories as he also pushed himself to explore new aspects of his arts practice and identity.

About the Author

Carribean Fragoza is a writer and artist from South El Monte, CA. 
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