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Oakland muralist Desi Mundo on public art and the aerosol aesthetic

"Oakland Murals 14th St and Alice", by William Newton, used under CC license, resized and cropped

Oakland-based muralist DesiMundo is on a crusade to change the negative perception of artists who paint using spray cans. 

He says there’s a difference between street art and graffiti, and that what he does engages the community in conversation in a way that graffiti doesn’t. He says his self-described “pavement to policy” organization is bringing artists and neighborhoods together to make artwork that everyone can enjoy. Mundo spoke with KALW's Jen Chein.

MUNDO: I'm an elaborate urban calligrapher, I go out there and do something that I've studied for 25 years and developed a mastery over.

To learn more about Mundo and the Community Rejuvenation Project, click  here.  

  Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview.

Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.