FABIAN DEBORA


Born in El Paso, Texas, in 1975.

Fabian Debora is a painter and a muralist. He has pursued his love for art since early childhood. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

In 1994, he was introduced to Wayne Healy, a prominent Los Angeles-based Chicano-Irish muralist and artist, and started an internship with him. He was asked to work on a mural with Healy in Santa Maria County as well as on a large-scale mural for the 1994 World Cup at the Los Angeles International Airport.

He was hired as an instructor at Eastlake Central Juvenile Hall in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. A mural was made with the inmates, titled Pivot Point of Life.

He won first place in the 33rd District Art Competition with a pencil drawing titled What now?. He was flown to Washington DC to meet Lucille Roybal Allard, congresswoman for the 33rd District in Los Angeles. The work was displayed at the US Capitol for a year.

In 1995, he was hired to work with the East Los Streetscapers (founded in the late 1970s by Wayne Healy and David Botello who are part of the Chicano mural movement in Los Angeles) and a larger group of artists including Paul Botello, Rich Raya and Grace Ameyiya.

He was commissioned by Father Jerry Helfrich for his first solo mural contract for the Dolores Mission Elementary School, in Los Angeles. The mural was titled The Key of Life. It was published and reviewed in the Spanish language-newspaper La Opiniòn.

In 1996, he was sent to Rome, Italy, to represent Los Angeles and Los Angeles artists on behalf of Homeboy Industries. After meeting Luis J. Rodriguez, whose bestselling novel Always Running spoke profoundly to his own experiences with gang life, he painted a mural titled Lost Angels on an exterior street wall in the center of Rome.


 

From 1997 on, he has produced numerous murals in the Los Angeles area:

  1. Medicine Woman located in East L.A., on1st and Utah Streets
  2. The Remnants of Tribal Descendants, on Pleasant and Enchandia Streets in Boyle Heights (contracted by the City of Los Angeles)
  3. The Founding of Tenochtitlan, on 6th and Bonnie Beach Streets (mural creation and later restoration, contracted by property owner)
  4. The Gift of Life, for the Salvation Army Pasadena Adult Rehabilitation Center, in Pasadena
  5. The Love of Our Community, on 8th and Soto Streets (contracted by the City of Los Angeles and in collaboration with youth from Project Amiga)
  6. The Nativity, in South Central Los Angeles (contracted by the Nativity Elementary School)
  7. It’s Yours, on Central and 8th Streets (contracted by the Coca-Cola Company)

In 1997, Edward James Olmos awarded him a scholarship to continue with his painting and personal work.

In 2000, he painted the sets for Mr. Olmos’ TV series American Family.

Olmos invited him to participate in his documentary Voces de Cambio, produced for the Discovery Channel in 2007. His story of redemption through art is featured in the documentary.

In 2003, his work was exhibited at the Self Help Graphics Community Gallery, with an acrylic on canvas painting entitled Homenaje a las almas perdidas.

Since 2007, he has been a teacher’s assistant to Dr. Ysamur Flores at the Otis College of Design, as an Instructor for Homeboy Histories IL.

In 2008 and 2009, he participated in a group exhibition at Homeboy Industries. He exhibited seven paintings in 2008 and four in 2009.

In 2009, he did a four-month internship with Texas artist/painter Vincent Valdez, who is represented in the Cheech Marin Chicano Collection.

In 2010, he exhibited 8 paintings at the Rockhurst University Greenlease Gallery, in Kansas City, MO, in the show Forces from the Past.


 

Bibliography

2008 , “LA Magazine of Essential Arts and Lifestyle Entity”, article on the Citizen

2010 “Los Angeles Times”, Pasadena Chalk Fest Art

2010 “The Northeast News/Pinnacle Communications”

2010 “New Letters Literary Magazine”, Vol. 70, Nos. 3 & 4

 

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