San Diego – From Tony Gwynn’s portrayal at City Heights in the late 1980s to the swagy bat flip by Fernando Tatis Jr. at Ocean Beach, their murals are virtual figures of the San Diego Padres organization.
The work of art is a creative collaboration between Paul Jimenez and Signe Ditona. 1st floor mural..
“I enjoy painting the most when there are people in front of it, or when my family and children look up and take pictures,” Jimenez said.
But long before the couple was known by that name, they were Dos de la Arte, who used the alley walls behind the house of Jimenez’s father Chula Vista in August 2020.
Now, more than a year later, their lives will not change anymore.
“When the pandemic happened, we were fired the same week,” Jimenez said. “And at first I didn’t know what we were trying to do. After being so worried and stressed, we started drawing ritually on the iPad.”
One day, Curious, Jimenez ordered a spray paint from the internet, according to Ditona.
“He messed with it and fell in love, and that’s when I knew something was coming,” she said.
That was the beginning of their journey, the modern SoCal version of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. They began painting small animals everywhere possible, even in Jimenez’s father’s living room.
“I really want to go to Mexico, learn about my heritage, and learn about the art there,” Jimenez said. “(And) see if I can contribute in any way. I really respect Diego Rivera. The reason he painted the mural was for the people. Money to see this You don’t have to pay, you can just pass by, and it’s always there, and that’s what I believe too.
“My murals are for people and it’s my favorite to see them appreciate it.”
That passion and skill is natural for Elder Jimenez.
“I went to the art show he was in when he was in the third grade, and everyone had to draw the same picture,” said Paul Jimenez Sr. “It was a horse, and he was the only one who looked like a real horse.”
Those animals soon turned into an alley zoo. They changed their names and soon everything changed. Recently, the duo has featured the Lakers legends Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, boxers Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, San Diego Chargers icon Junior Seau, and Joe Musgrove, Manny Machado, and You. -I draw other padres such as Darbish and use Southern California as a canvas.
“I really felt that I was doing Tony Gwynn. I think it was for several reasons. I thought it would be seen by people, but I think it would be seen by many. I didn’t, “said Jimenez.
See the full map of their public murals below.
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