Leo Limon, artist and advocate for the Chicano Arts Movement
Leo Limón is an artist and advocate for the Chicano art movement. He has established himself as a leading figure for art in East Los Angeles, working with groups such as the Mechicano Art Center
, the Centro de Arte Público
, and Self-Help Graphics. Limón not only paints murals in the Highland Park neighborhood, but also in neglected areas of the Los Angeles River in an effort to promote its historic and cultural importance. Early in the 1970s, Limón began a series of "anonymous" graffiti paintings depicting the faces of cats in the drains of the Los Angeles River
. As a role model and teacher for the community's youth, Limón believes that today's teenagers have lost respect for displays of public art.