Artists on both sides of the border paid tribute to the legendary Vicente Fernandez last week by painting a mural to commemorate the legacy of the late Mexican singer.
In San Diego, a couple behind the mural on the ground floor painted a portrait of “Cente” on the wall of a group of creators in the Sherman Heights area. To the south of the border, Tijuana artist Maud Orosco chose the exterior of the house. Colonia Buena Vista.
Fernandez is one of the most important figures in Mexican culture, and its music transcends national borders and evokes countless memories. He died on December 12 at the age of 81 in Guadalajara, Jalisco.He was known as the king of ranchera music..
“When I think of Vicente Fernandez, I automatically think of my grandma and are around Carnea Sada With my whole family. When I hear Vicente’s song, it almost smells, “said Paul Jimenez, who made the first-floor mural with artist Signe Ditona.
The couple wanted to paint a mural of Fernandez for over a year. After hearing the news that he died last Sunday, they picked up a spray bottle and started work.
At the recently launched Imperial Avenue collaboration in Sherman Heights, they chose a portrait of a young Fernandez, 12 feet high, because the mural project had already been implemented.
“It’s a commemorative piece, it’s to honor him,” Ditona added, adding that it took four hours to complete the mural on Monday.
Jimenez said he had a strong connection to Fernandez’s music. That’s why he always knew he would paint him someday.
“When I grew up, to be honest, it felt like a member of my family. He felt like my second grandpa. My grandma fell in love with him so much. He was, very grown up, and he was just huge to me, “he said.
The couple also remembered all the parties with friends who had to sing at the top of their lung songs like “Volver, volver”.
Milolorenzana, co-owner of the Imperial Avenue Joint Institute, said he hopes the murals will be on display for a long time at 2460 Imperial Avenue.
“It would be difficult to cover this,” he said. “So come and take a picture, have a cup of coffee, hang out. This won’t go down right away.”
The ground floor murals are the company behind a series of San Diego Padres murals painted in different parts of the county. They also painted another mural with images of boxers Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao at the house of the boxing gym in Paradise Hills.
To the south of the border, Tijuana artists completed the mural against Monday time and praised “Cente” before the rain hit the border area on Tuesday.
Gerald mode Orosco wanted to pay tribute to Fernandez through his art as soon as he heard the news. He took nine hours, but was able to finish on time.
A spray-painted mural showing a photo of Fernandez’s album “Parashempre” is painted on the wall of the house of Colonia Buena Vista and can be seen from the Via Rapida highway.
While he was working on the mural, fans expressed their support by honking the car or shouting “Viva Cente!”. Orosco said. “This is a mural for the community and all the Mexicans identified in his song.”
Mayor of Tijuana, Montserrat Caballero, praised Orosco’s work. “I’m very impressed with your work, Mode! How happy it is to have this icon of our culture represented,” she wrote on Orozco’s Facebook page.
Orosco added that the mural is dedicated to his music-grown grandmother and aunt, and anyone who loves Mexican idols.