I just got a few images from Pastel‘s new mural, painted in San Leandro, California and curated by Athen B. Gallery.

Titled ‘Costanoan’ the name early Spanish colonists gave Native American people of the Northern California coast.When Spanish explorers and missionaries arrived in the late 18th century, the Ohlone inhabited the area along the coast from San Francisco Bay through Monterey Bay to the lower Salinas Valley. In the 1970s the term Costanoan was replaced by “Ohlone” by some descendant groups and most ethnographers, historians, and writers of popular literature.

As we have seeing earlier, Pastel’s work introduces the viewer into the world of nature and cultural heritage of the places he visits in a simple and peculiar way. As described by Pastel, his work is based on experiences:
“Considering the space where I get to create my work, it may be a city, a rural space, an open space or a closed space. First of all by trying to understand the conditions that the environment offers and not to impose an already established concept for the space.
Working with symbolism like arrowheads and flora, the pieces begin a dialogue about the nature of man and his surroundings. The existential, real, pure and tragic, almost forgotten in modern society.I guess we can assume it is the case here.”
I guess we can assume that it is also the case in this last mural with highly decorative qualities.


Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.