Statement

Building these public art projects stems from both the conceptual and physical potential of the sites. My goal is to create work that is inter-generational, crosses economic divisions and speaks to a local audience of similar yet unique life experiences.

My site-specific artworks conceptually integrate local history, community identity, and cultural linkages between people and time. The integration of the community profile in the development of the artwork has proved essential in public settings. I have completed commissions that have dealt with large-scale wall surfaces. These projects include relief sculptures, mosaics and painted murals. Other commissions in outdoor settings include large-scale stone steles, road sign and totemic sculptures, and seating areas.

Each commission has integrated community focus groups and/or professional Engineers/Architects’ input either through collaborative brainstorming workshops or hands-on participation. Additionally, through research, my ideas and imagery are inspired by a community’s local history and geography.

It is my goal to provide a positive experience to communities of diverse populations, who may rarely frequent art institutions to experience visual arts.

Artist in Residencies

BALATONFURED, HUNGARY
Residence artist, Summer 2005

UCROSS
Residence Artist, Clearmont, Wyoming, Summer 2002

CALIFORNIA ART COUNCIL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE GRANT
Rice Elementary School, 2001-2004

YOUNG AT ART
Artist in Residence, San Diego City Schools, 1988-1990.

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Roberto Salas

Roberto Salas
308 Vista Hill Street
El Paso, Texas 79922

Salas
P.O. Box 161326
San Diego, CA. 92176

 

EDUCATION

M.F.A Visual Arts
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, 1988

B.F.A. Studio Art
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, ALBUQUERQUE, 1985

 

PUBLIC ART EXPERIENCE

“LAS AMERICAS DE LEJOS”
Mosaic mural, Logan Height Library Martinez and Cutri Architecture City of San Diego, California 2009

“LOS PORTALES DEL JARDIN”
Inscribed installation, stone steles. Commissioned by Mira Costa College, Oceanside, California 2009

“ESFRICO MILAGROSO”
Embossed tin shapes Milagros on four foot sphere Oaxaca Mexico craftsman/artist collaboration design. Commissioned by the City of El Paso, Texas 2008

 

RESUME / BIO

“CALIFORNIA CURRENTS”
Acrylic mural, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Grove, California 2008

“OCEAN STUDY FOR EL PASO”
Mural at Scottsdale Elementary School, partnered with NOAA Teacher at Sea Program 2008

 “CURRENTLY WEST”
Collective exhibition of six artists representing the Southwest sector of the United States.  Exterior installation of steel, bamboo, and silk. Interior installation materials of paper Mache and digitally printed scroll imagery. Exhibition at Koumi-machi Kougen Museum of Art, Koumi, Japan. 2007

INUPIT TRADITIONS”
Acrylic mural, Superior court of the Village of Kotzebue, Alaska Commissioned the Alaska Commission for the Arts 2006

“WILD FISH OF ALASKA”
Acrylic mural, Co-op storage building. Commissioned by the City of Sitka, Alaska 2006

“ESPERANZA / HOPE”
Mural 40’x 15 Commissioned by the Sweetwater School District for Open Door Family Resource Center, Chula Vista, California 2006

“FISH OF THE MONTEREY BAY CANYON”
15′ x 30′ Entry lobby Santa Cruz Laboratory Commissioned by the Southwest Fisheries Science Center/ National Marine Services Santa Cruz, California 2003

“AQUATIC EDUCATIONAL CLASSROOM”
Mobile mural: 40ft. custom-built Featherlite semi-trailer traveling to present Watershed classes/Salmon dissections/Conservation/Fly-tying workshops in Northwest Alaska. Commissioned by the Sate of Alaska Fish and Game Department. Anchorage, Alaska 2003

“MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM”
Mural  of Jellies and public workshops. Monterey, California 2003

“ITZAMNA”
Exterior Facade images of Maya deity ITZAMNA, God of writing and learning. Learning Resource Center (LRC) Southwestern College of Chula Vista California 2002

“REFLECTIONS ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.”
Fourteen individual art works in the form of sculptural signage. These images were designed to envision, celebrate and remember the ideals of MLK. Mesa Drive MLK Park.   Commissioned by the City of Oceanside, California in collaboration with the Oceanside Arts Commission 2001

“TRIBUTE TO MARTIN LUTHER KING”
Bronze and Steel Sculpture. Five bronze hands celebrate the spirit of MLK vision as they silently yet boldly speak to us with symbols of sign language.  Collectively they spell one word.  It is a word that is both a noun and a verb a word that symbolizes hope and idealism, a word that reaches deep into the pockets of our humanity and creativity. The word is DREAM. Located at Front St. & Harbor Blvd. Commissioned by Centre City Development Corporation of San Diego, Ca. 2001

“PLAZA PIEDRA”
12 stone steles, children’s discovery sand box, sitting arrangements and walkways. Grove Street Water Reclamation Pump station, Park setting; City of San Diego Commission for Art and Cultural, 1997-2001

“ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS FOR SHREVEPORT”
12 Acrylic Murals of various sizes. Artistic Director leading Artist team,  J.T.P.A. Youth and Shrevecorp Urban Work Student Program. Commissioned by Shreveport Regional Art Council SRAC.  Shreveport, Louisiana. 1998

“CITY OF CARLSBAD INTERSTATE 5 FREEWAY CORRIDOR MASTER PLAN PROJECT”
In collaboration with KTU & A landscape architects. Gateway and seven mile corridor of art and landscape. City of Carlsbad, California 1997

“AN ARCHITECTURAL QUILT FOR SACRAMENTO”
Site specific relief for the 8th & G St. Multipurpose County Building. Commissioned by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission March 1997

“HOPE AT HAND: LIFE LINE TO THE 21ST. CENTURY”
Digital mural 15’x16′, image contributions by the Computerized Design I students. Funded by the Nevada State Council on the Arts, and the Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada 1996

“A CELEBRATION OF THE SEA”
Mural 20′ x 150′, in collaboration with Valley Park student body, classes 1995-2001. Commissioned by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and Valley Park PTA, Ketchikan, Alaska 1995

“GABRIELINO NATION: Spirit of the Sage”
Mural, 15′ x 85’ in collaboration with Johanna Poething. Commissioned by Social and Public Art Resource Center (S.P.A.R.C.), San Pedro, California1995

“LIFE IN THE GREAT BASIN”
Mural  8′ x 70′, Gymnasium foyer at Wooster High School. Commissioned by Nevada State Council on the Arts, Reno, Nevada 1995

“AGAVE AMERICANA”
Mural 40’ x 80′ Handball court in Robert’s Park, in collaboration with Noel Marquez. Commissioned by New Mexico Arts Division Special Projects Grant and the City of Artesia, New Mexico 1994

“RICOCHET”
Mural 21′ x 265′, 405 FWY South bound. Commissioned by World Cup USA and SPARC, Social & Public Art Resource Center Los Angeles, California 1994.

”BAJO EL SOL TEJANO”
Mural 18′ x 102′, Stephen F. Austin High School. Commissioned by Mexican American Studies Department, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 1994.

“NEIL ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVITY CENTER”
Consultant and project artist to develop 18-Acre Park and Family Service Center. Commissioned by C.I.T.Y. 2000 RENO Arts Commission, Reno, Nevada 1993-1999

“BEYOND THIS POINT LIES the REST of the WORLD”
Consultant and project artist, Retro fitting upper pier parking lots, incorporating vista points and rail design into structure, brass compass and title embedded into concrete of vista point, concept acknowledges the Pacific Rim and its geographic relationship to Manhattan Beach. Commissioned by City of Manhattan Beach, California 1993-1994.

“ROAD TRIBUTE TO CESAR CHAVEZ”
14 Reflective road signs commissioned by Walter State College, Sculpture Tour, Morristown, Tennessee 1993.

“LAKEWOOD COMMUNITY MURAL”
Mural, 20′ x 60′, Community and artist collaboration. Lakewood Park, Sunnyvale, California 1993

“LOS PORTALES DE CHICANO PARK”
City Gates Project Artist Collaboration Porcelain enamel  steel panels and painted surface on pedestrian overpass, Interstate 5 and Coronado Bay Bridge at Chicano  Park,  San Diego, California.  Images from the community integrated into the artwork. Chicano Park.  San Diego, California 1989-1994

“BLUE LINE TOTEMS IN RED: A TRIBUTE TO THE BIG RED CAR CONDUCTORS”
Series of painted steel sculptures on the 103rd street station platform with the imagery derived from ticket punch designs used by the conductors of the original Big Red Car Trolley, Los Angeles County Transportation Commission Los Angeles, California 1992-1994

“CROSSROADS FOR YOKOHAMA”
Mural, San Diego/Yokohama Sister City Exchange Project, supported in part by Lions’ Club of Japan and the City of Yokohama, Japan, 1992

“A NOCTURNAL ARRANGEMENT FOR ATLANTA”
Six- site specific sculptures constructed of wood, cable & recycled bicycle reflectors for The Art Festival of Atlanta: Site Works, Atlanta, Georgia 1992.

“A NOCTURNAL COMPOSITION FOR U.T.”
15 reflective road signs commissioned by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Sculpture Tour, 1992

“SPIRIT TOTEMS FOR SAINT LOUIS”
Sculpture installation The Bi-State Development Agency Art In Transit, for Metro Art at Interstate 70 at 170, 1991

“ROAD TOTEMS”
Site specific public art sculptures on bike/running trail commissioned for ONSITE ’91/ Public Art Works, San Rafael, CA, 1991

“CONIC STRIP FOR L.A.”
Mural, Social and Public Art Resource Center, Neighborhood Pride:  Great Walls Unlimited, Los Angeles, CA, 1991

“CARRUCHAS:  A PUBLIC ART PROJECT ON WHEELS”
Series of five hand painted, privately owned automobiles exhibited in a downtown parking lot exhibit, a site specific public art work, Commissioned by Installation Gallery, Art walk ’91 and The Community Foundation, San Diego, California 1991

“EYE CONES”
A Site specific, temporary public art installation commissioned by Installation Gallery, Art Walk ’90, Downtown, San Diego, California 1990

“BUS BENCHES PROJECT FOR EL PASO”
25 painted bus benches interspersed on a 4 mile boulevard, supported in part by El Paso Bench Company and U.T.E.P.  El Paso, Texas, 1989

“LEONARDO’S COLUMN OF KNOWLEDGE”
A column of multiple cables with a series of art, science and technology books strung in a spiral. Alma College Library, Alma, Michigan 1988

“NIGHT VISION, SERIES I”
Twelve reflective road signs north and south Bound An original work owned and commissioned by the City of San Diego, California, Balboa Park, Park Boulevard, 1988.