Episode 3

Published on:

14th Apr 2020

Buen Hombre Interview: Mario Torero

This is Enrique Morones from BuenHombre.org and MagnificentMujer.org podcasts.  

This week we have a “Buen Hombre” like no other, an “Art-ivist”, and a person very well known in certain circles, but who should be known in all circles, all the way from the great country of Peru, but who has has spent most of his life in San Diego, California, my good friend, Mario Torero.

Mario Torero is a very well known Chicano muralist, artist, and just a great humanitarian. Some of his best works as far as murals in San Diego and Southern California are: “The Eyes of Picasso” painted, then demolished when the buildings, whose walls they graced disappeared then reappearing again all over San Diego County during the last 4 decades... And perhaps the most well known in the media is the “I’m Not A Minority” mural in Los Angeles. You also might be familiar with his painting of Cesar Chavez, or his iconic Chicano Park murals. 

Over the last 50 years he has been bringing his passion for “Art-ivism” and the Chicano Art movement all over California, to other cities in the United States and even in travels abroad to join other Artivist causes in Peru, Mexico, Germany, the Czech Republic, Japan, China, Cuba, Spain and more to come in the future.  Most recently I joined him in Berlin for the thirtieth anniversary of the 

Fall of the Berlin Wall last November, where he shared the story of the Chicano Art Movement and the Chicano Park Community Revolution with audiences there alongside myself and two other local Chicano Activists, artist/muralist Enrique Chiu, and artist/architect Adrian Luz.

If you have never heard this name, or if Mario is an old friend of yours, I equally hope that you share my wonder in this “Art-ivists” entertaining adventures and his never ending quest to explore himself, his world and to push past boundaries in possibilities, and meaning, beyond any borders.  

Like me, and our listeners, he is driven by his love of all people, Patchamama (the Earth) and a great passion for life and hope.  We hope this passion touches your hearts today. 

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Mario Torero has been a supporter of Gente Unida since our inception.

He is offering to support our humanitarian causes by donating a portion of sales of posters and T shirts during the months of April and May to Gente Unida.

In celebration of Chicano Park’s 50th anniversary and Gente Unida’s deep connection with this legendary place, Mario Torero is donating a portion of all sales from his posters and limited editions to GenteUnida’s Humanitarian causes. A portion of profits from all purchases of Chicano Park Day posters from past years will be donated to the Chicano Park Museum.

Please go to MarioTorero.Art and or GenteUnida.shop for more information or to purchase posters and or T Shirts.

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Buen Hombre
Good Man: Enrique Morones of Gente Unida.net interviews courageous humanitarians weekly.
Enrique Morones is a Human Rights activist born in San Diego to Mexican parents who instilled in him a deep love for Mexico, spiritual faith and social justice. He is driven by the passage “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink.” Matthew 25:35

Enrique has a history of firsts—In 1998 he was the first person to be granted dual citizenship with Mexico, the first president of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Vice President in Major League Sports with the San Diego Padres bringing the first ever regular season games outside the US/Canada, the President and Founder of House of Mexico and President and Founder of Border Angels (saving migrant lives), an all volunteer group.

Enrique has been featured on NBC, CNN, CBS, BBC, NPR, Univision’s Don Francisco Presenta, Televisa Nacional, Rocio en Telemundo and in countless other international media around the world. He frequently lectures and has more than held his own on shows with Bill O’Reilly and Lou Dobbs. Morones promotes the TRUTH about the migrant community.

As a founder of GENTE UNIDA (a human rights border coalition) in May of 2005, he has led the national effort against the vigilante Minutemen soundly shutting them down in California. He is recognized as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the USA by HISPANIC BUSINESS MAGAZINE and his recognitions include being FRONTLINE HUMAN RIGHTS international awardee for his lifelong dedication to Human Rights,2009 National Human Rights Award, presented by Mexican President Felipe Caldron, 2010 California Spirit Award, presented, Gil Cedillo, and the Bishop Buddy Alumni award presented by “USD” University San Diego.
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