Why do so many Chicano artists paint murals and Where did the tradition come from?

Painting on walls has a rich history in Mexico, whose world-famous mural painters include Diego Rivera (1886-1957) and Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949).

Mural painting is seen as a form of public education and inspiration.

Mexican American artists have carried on the tradition, often depicting images such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Aztec symbols, and historical scenes like the Spanish conquest and Mexican Revolution. Chicano muralists include Judy Baca, Manuel Martinez, and Margo Orofia.

Graffiti painted by young Chicanos on walls and underpasses is sometimes seen as a popular variety of mural painting.

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