Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-09-15 23:16:02 –
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (((TMJ4)-Graffiti artist Nyia Luna, who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is bringing her deceased father closer.
“My Papi, he’s actually here,” she said, pointing at the necklace with his face engraved on it.
Experienced his death at the young age of 13, she came to understand his legacy and handle his dreams.
Tomás Garrett-Rosas dropped out of high school and later joined the gang. Luna said her father had grown spray-painted walls everywhere in the neighborhood.
Rosas eventually changed his life. He has a PhD in urban sociology and worked as a professor at UW-Whitewater.
Luna never dreamed that she would become a legitimate street artist and receive compensation for her work. Graffiti had a stereotype and was disappointed by his father.
“He always told me, it wouldn’t work, as you would never make a career from it, and I think he did because that was what he said,” she said.
Luna is making it work. She was chosen to paint activist Dolores Huerta on the walls of Milwaukee.
The building was once painted by Luna’s father, so Luna’s chances went around.
“It’s surreal,” she said.
The murals are intended to inspire women.
“This is necessary because in this community, throughout the Cesar Chavez district, everything is about César Chavez and we want to represent the other half,” said Luna.
Dolores Huerta coined the famous phrase “Si, Se Puede”. This means “yes, you can.”
Huerta worked with Cesar Chavez fighting for Hispanic immigrant farm workers.
“We really need to think about who is preparing our food and what they have to experience,” Luna said.
Now, at the age of 91, Huerta is still fighting for Hispanic immigrant agricultural workers across the country.