Chilean artist, Francisco Letelier, creates art that crosses disciplines and cultures. His work blends history with contemporary experiences with an emphasis on the social circumstances that affect individuals and communities. Integrating narratives that explore cultural memory and identity, his projects offer opportunities for cultural exchange and education. Known for both his words and images, Letelier’s perceptive writing and spoken word unite with his legacy of creating powerful visual art. Involved in projects throughout the Americas, Europe, India and the West Bank of Palestine, his inter-disciplinary collaborations integrate a variety of media and facilitate collective and participatory activities.
The artist received a Grammy nomination for his work on musician Jackson Browne’s World in Motion release. In 2009 Letelier received the LA Artcore award for contributions to Southern California culture. SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center) awarded him the Siquieros Muralist Award in 2012. Letelier’s mural installation, “Todas Las Manos,” created at American University in Washington D.C. in 2016 was dedicated by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
Based in Venice, California, the artist’s Los Angeles murals include the soaring monumental ceramic tile murals, El Sol and La Luna (The Sun and The Moon) that adorn the Westlake/Macarthur Park Metro Station in Los Angeles. The works carry on the legacy of the Chilean mural tradition and serve as a symbol for the diversity of Los Angeles.