West Street Mural

“Emilio is a young, Mexican-American boy who is the earth sign. He uses the music from his purple and blue car to spread joy, peace and love. He drives around Oakland, from corner to corner, playing music for the masses to hear, in order to touch their souls. When Emilio plays this music, all who hear it are lulled into peacefulness and don’t want to fight, argue or commit crimes.”


The Visionaries/Conceptual Designers

West Oakland Middle School

Ms. Thomas’ 6th and 7th Grade Classes 2013/14

Lead Artist

The Lead Artist: Javier Rocabado

Javier was born in 1959 in the city of Sucre, Bolivia and at the age of 12, he was accepted into the School of Fine Arts of La Paz, Boliva. In 1981 he left Bolivia and moved to Utah . From there he moved to Oklahoma and Texas and eventually ended up in San Francisco where he was accepted into the Academy of Art University. He graduated from the Academy of Art University in 1990 with a BFA in Painting and a BFA in Illustration. His artwork takes a critical view at current social, political and cultural issues. In his work, he engages subjects as diverse as Homosexuality, HIV/AIDS, Health Care, Military Veteran Issues, Infant Mortality, Racism and Capitalism. Among some of his more public works is a commissioned 12’x5’ mural of the Tree Graces in Vasari’s Mens’ Boutique in the San Francisco Shopping Center, a 40’x25’ commissioned mural in Russian Hill for Armax INC. Builders and Developers, and the entire altar at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in Colusa, CA. He has also illustrated children’s’ books such as The Orb and the Hourglass and video games such as Smoking Car Production’s The Last Express. He worked at the Mexican Museum and has curated many shows including QUELACO’s Art Group Exhibition for Pride in 2003 and most of the art shows at Amaru Arts Gallery in the Mission District of San Francisco of which he was also the proprietor.


  • Vanessa Agana Espinosa
  • Keena Romano
  • Lindsey Millikan
  • Dave Kim
  • Dawood (Marion) Sekhem
  • David Platford
  • Dan Bortz
  • James Shields
  • Jessica Eastburn
  • Joseph Aponte
  • Pancho Pescador
  • Shedeem Tate
  • Antonio Ramos

News Articles

  • Artist Fatally Shot While Working On West Oakland Community Mural Project East Bay Express
  • Community Mourns Loss of Oakland Artist Shot Dead While Painting A Peace Mural Oakland North
  • The Superheroes Behind the Scenes East Bay Express
  • Mural Holds Neighborhood Together After Murder KALW.org
  • Antonio Ramos Artists Complete Oakland Mural San Francisco CBS