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D A N F O N T E S
PACIFIC MURALS STUDIOS
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901
A. S. Merritt College, Oakland, 1979
B. A. (with Honors) California State University, Hayward, 1982
1983-2011 Artist / Muralist. Self-employed creator of public artworks, canvas-works, photographs, drawings, watercolors, mixed media sculptures in studio and site specific. Artworks include interior & exterior projects in both business and residential settings. Consultant on numerous mural and public art endeavors. Further employed as part-time design supervisor for Craig Lazarus Lighting Designer, makers of fiber optic sign displays including Sony’s Metreon of San Francisco, the Tech Museum of San Jose and the Crissey Field Nature Center of San Francisco. U-Haul murals-Oakland. Sea Turtle murals with Caroline Stern and James Swinson along 880 & 29th Ave. Upcoming Quail mural with Caroline Stern. Upcoming historical mural on PG & E substation for Lakeshore Homeowners Association.
Last decades public art highlights include:
1998-99-Commissioned to produce 15 large-scale murals for then Mayor Jerry Brown’s inaugural celebration.
2003-Commissioned large scale murals at Straus Carpet Company located in Oakland with the assistance of Ingrid Good.
2003-“Crossroads” mural project in Dublin, CA with Daniel Galvez, John Wehrle and John Pugh 2003. This monumental two-mural undertaking is located beneath the 680 freeway at Dublin Blvd. as well as Amador Valley Road also beneath 680.
2004- “Luther Burbank Mural” at Oakland’s Burbank Elementary School.
2004-06 Commissioned to paint historical murals for Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito
2006-Working Consultant to Isis Rodriguez on her Juvenile Justice Center Murals, San Leandro.
2005-06 Assistant to Daniel Galvez on the McNeil Island visitor Center Murals, State of Washington.
2006-Assistant to Daniel Galvez on the “African American Library Murals”, Oakland
2007-Assitant to Daniel Galvez on the “Maudell Shirek Mural” in Berkeley City Hall.
2007-Murals for Marin Day School-San Francisco.
2007-09) Poster artist for Pacific Pinball Exposition-Marin Co. Civic Center. Including artwork on billboards, bus advertisements. Extensive 2 interior murals (6’ x 110’) for Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda
2008-Assistant to John Wehrle on “MacDonald Avenue murals” in Richmond, CA
(Private mural commissions throughout this time as well-examples upon request)
1983-2011 Produced over 145 murals including Oakland’s “Giraphics” and “Lake Merritt” murals as well as San Francisco’s “Bethany” Senior Center Mural. Directed the creation of Willie Brown’s inaugural murals in 1996. Directed over 200 volunteers in creating the “Neighborhood Experience Murals” for Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown’s inaugural in 1998. Painted in multiple productions with Daniel Galvez, Keith Sklar, John Wehrle, Gary Graham, Alan Leon, Caroline Stern, Brooke Fancher and Ed Cassel throughout the greater Bay Area. Served as juror, advisor, event co-ordinator for multiple projects. Seven years of service as project assistant and co-creator of the non-profit organization entitled: Renaissance of Papermaking. Served on Boards of Directors of Oakland’s Center for the Visual Arts, East Bay Depot for Creative Re-use, Renaissance of Papermaking, Pro Arts and “Health through Arts”. Arts teacher for students at Wildwood Elementary School, Piedmont, St. Leo’s, Sante Fe, Golden Gate and La Escuelita schools, all of Oakland, Stanley Intermediate School of Lafayette. Private arts tutor. Selection panelist for Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission. Appointed to Oakland Blue Ribbon Committee on Public Art 1999. Served two-year term on Oakland’s Crafts and Cultural Arts funding advisory committee. Two session with Spark of Marin tutoring privately.
SELECTED COMMISSIONED WORK
1984-2011 Numerous commissioned works for both individuals and businesses including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, City of Oakland, Port of Oakland, City of Concord, City of San Francisco and multiple works for the Director of the Port of San Francisco. Deborah Finney mural-Alameda. Assistant to Caroline Stern & Deco Art with exterior murals for St. Thomas Moore Church in SF. Seven large scale reproductions of pinball backglasses 10’ x 10’ for the Pacific Pinball Museum 2007-2011. Kristina Peterson interior mural-El Cerrito.
1984-2011 Continuous exhibitions of canvasworks, watercolors, drawings, photography throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Pro Arts, CVA, San Mateo Arts Council, Capp Street, Somar, SOA Gallery. Multiple years conducting my own Open Studios. Works currently in Oakland Museum’s Rental Gallery. Watercolor work in State Senate exhibition chosen personally by Senator Don Perata to represent Alameda County.
Watercolor solo show in Alameda, CA display at the Lucky Juju gallery in Alameda. Pinball in Pop Art show at the Pacific Pinball Museum of Alameda.
SELECTED PRIZES, AWARDS & HONORS
1987-2011 California Arts Council recipient (for work with Renaissance of Papermaking). Winner of Oakland’s “OBA” award for individual artistic achievement. Two Oakland “Orchid” awards for “Giraphics” and “Lake Merritt” murals. Winner of East Bay Express newspapers Best of the Bay Area awards for SIX various years including 2002. Winner of Bay Guardian newspapers Best Award in the public art-mural category 1997. Nominated for Fleishhacker Foundations Eureka award 2002. Winner of 2004’s Master Muralist Award from Precita Eyes Mural Art Center. Co-Chair of upcoming Celebration at Lake Merritt Gardern Center-butterfly mini-murals with Kristi Holohan of Rock Paper Scissors.
LECTURES, DEMONSTRATIONS & WORKSHOPS
1986-2011 Over 100 slide lectures in public and private schools, churches, civic groups and retirement centers. Lecture topics include Los Tres Grandes, Public Art of the Bay Area, Mural Art of California, Techniques of Mural Painting, Watercolor and drawing. Insights into Public Art lecture at Rock, Paper Scissors gallery, Oakland. Workshops include subjects such as mural painting, watercolor and drawing. Ongoing private tutoring offered.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Periodicals and text
1984-2011 Various articles in over 400 newspaper and magazines including S.F BAY GUARDIAN, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, EASTBAY EXPRESS, S. F. CHRONICLE, SAN JOSE MERCURY, CONTRA COSTA TIMES, HAYWARD DAILY REVIEW, S.F. EXAMINER
1987 “Placemakers”, by Ronald Lee Fleming & Renata Von Tscharner. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers
1991/94/97 “San Francisco Murals”, by Tim Drescher, Pogo Press Inc.
1997 “Painting the Towns”. by Dunitz and Prigoff, RJD Press
2000 “Projekt: Friedensuniverstat, von der Kongrontation zur dialogishen Kultur”
2002 Artwork included in “Boom, the Sound of Eviction”, A film by Whispered Media of San Francisco
2009 Street Art San Francisco, Mission Muralismo by Annice Jacoby
2009 "Mural Art-Vol 2" by Kiriakos Losifidis
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Last Updated: June 25, 2011