"MICHAEL AMESCUA was born in Morenci, Arizona and currently lives in East LA. Amescua obtained a degree in Anthropology from Occidental College, specializing in Pre-Columbian myth and ritual, and is a long time artist in residence at Self-Help Graphics in East Los Angeles. Working in steel as a primary medium, he reinterprets traditional art forms and his pieces can be found in collections at UCLA, the Rincon Indian Reservation, and the Wilfredo Lam Museum in Havana, Cuba." - http://www.metro.net

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"About the Artist: Basing his artistic practice  in East Los Angeles, Michael Amescua has executed many public art projects in  the southern California region, including works for the MTA Gateway Transit  Center in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles International Airport, Paseo Colorado in  Pasadena, the Los Angeles Zoo, McCambridge Park in Burbank, Montebello Transit  Center, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Los Angeles  County Chatsworth Courthouse. Amescua  holds a BA in Anthropology from Occidental College." - http://www.lacountyarts.org

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"Michael Amescua's decorative and functional art elements grace several areas throughout the Gateway Transit Center. His painted metal screens house figurative panels of flora and fauna, including birds, butterflies, and reptiles. The work takes its inspiration from the Latin American custom of papel picado, or paper cutouts; these cutouts are often seen during religious festivities and celebrations. The taut, compressed images are easily read from both close-up and afar. The painted screens are located at the Cesar Chavez/Vignes Street entrance, bus plaza areas, and on the Metro Headquarters Building exterior facade." - http://www.metro.net

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