Monday, May 16, 2011

water writes mural complete

The 6,000 sq ft monumental mural and Oakland chapter of the water writes project is complete.

I'm proud to have been a part of the creation of something so great!
Shout outs to all the homies who worked on this.

Water Writes will travel to ten cities around the planet over the next year creating original murals that will express the perspectives of communities highly affected by water issues. The campaign aims to educate and empower communities to express their voice visually through public art.

The Estria Foundation takes a community building approach to the creation of the Water Writes mural series. In Oakland, the Foundation partnered with local organizations that work with community youth to host a series of workshops on their relationship to water. While the water crisis is global, each community struggles with their own issues and has their own perspective, and the workshops are a vehicle for these impacted communities to constructively and artistically tell, or write their stories. Working side by side, artists and youth came up with a storyboard depicting their local to global visions of water. The public paint party will mobilize over 100 community members to bring the mural to life, each person painting a part of their own story with their own hands.

Confirmed Sites:

  1. Los Angeles, CA - Completed
  2. Oakland, CA - Completed
  3. Honolulu, HI - June 2011
  4. Gaza Strip, Palestine - July 2011
  5. Palawan, Philippines, July 2011
  6. El Salvador, August, 2011
  7. Window Rock Arizona- September 2011
  8. Bogota, Colombia - October 2011
  9. Klamath River, Northern CA - November 2011
  10. Suprise……………..

With LA done, that's 2 down eight to go.

For more info go to:

Article in Colorlines

Official Video For ESTRIA FOUNDATION by Shadi Rahimi here:

If you're around come to the unveiling:

Thursday, May 19 @ 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Parking Lot @ 21st & Broadway. Oakland, Ca

DJ Agana. DJ Baby Tiger. DJ Mixtek.
Arts and Crafts with Recycled Materials.
Photo Booth with finished Mural.
Performers and lots of Love.

Free Event! All Ages!

If you post on Twitter, please use #WaterWrites

Feel free to add your photos to our Flickr #WaterWrites group:

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Monday, January 24, 2011

"The Savage"

Josué Rojas 2010

Oil and ink on canvas



“The Savage” is an image that stands at the brink between modern gang culture and ancient Mayan imagery; a snapshot that includes elements of satire, comic book art, and portraiture. The ambiguity of the face (whether it belongs to an ancient warrior or a Los Angeles gang member) is the object of this piece.

The Savage presents ancient Mesoamerica culture and popular culture together simultaneously.

Friday, January 14, 2011

These abstracts are the latest in series.

They represent thinking that happen simultaneous with other works. The abstracts are a

“break” from the critical/satirical work that are comics and caricatures, and are in extreme contrast the hyper literal

work of documentary video which characterizes much of my work.

These “Visual Improvisations” are lyrical and playful.

They are updated versions of previous work and express a pure unadulterated love for the medium of painting.


"Untitled Abstract #5"


Acrylic, Oil and Resin on Canvas

8” x 10”

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"Untitled Abstract #3"


Acrylic, Oil and Resin on Wood

8” x 10”

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"Behold Man"

Josué Rojas


Acrylic, Oil and

Resin on Canvas

24” x 24"