Thank you for visiting me! My name is Norma Montoya and I have been making art in the public realm since the 70's mural movement at Estrada Courts. I work with Los Angeles' inner-city youth and probation youth to engage them in the mural making process, while teaching them art fundamentals.
Mercado del Barrio, San Diego CA

Mercado del Barrio, San Diego CA

The piece has a very centrifugal composition to connote a gateway. The Sun “Ollin” which means movement, and represents the fifth sun, surrounds the children. The children are the characters of the painting witnessing the awe of creation while together like a family. They are looking into a tide pool...
Art Department and Youth Center, San Miguel, New Mexico

Art Department and Youth Center, San Miguel, New Mexico

The art department’s Annual Christmas show actors in front of the Youth Center building. “La Virgen” Rear mural titled “New Mexico Symbols” Mural created with the help of local youth during a very hot summer in San Miguel!    
Featured in KCET's "Departures"

Featured in KCET’s “Departures”

      Thank you Ed Fuentes for a wonderful piece on the Little Tokyo mural Peasant Saint!  
WORKS' MURAL COMPLETE

WORKS’ MURAL COMPLETE

  Above: Resident of WORKS’ Young Burlington Apartments stands with Norma Montoya Above: Artist Synthia Saint James signs her design. WORKS’ Mural fabrication! Norma Montoya and Yamilette Duarte- A mother/daughter muralist team.   We are happy to begin mural fabrication of Synthia Saint James’ artwork at the WORKS new building....
Speaker at the Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College

Speaker at the Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College

  A wonderful event. We had a full house! Hopefully we can do this again because there were so many questions and so little time. Thank you UPPA and the Vincent Price Museum for having this great discussion!
"Inocencia" Estrada Courts Housing Projects, Los Angeles, CA

“Inocencia” Estrada Courts Housing Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Clip from Sandra de la Loza’s film on The Estrada Courts Housing Projects
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Blogtalkradio: Roundtable

Blogtalkradio: Roundtable

 ”What Is Chicano/Latino Art?”  Latino Role Models Success Thanks to Jimmy Franco for offering this opportunity to talk about Chicano art with fellow muralists: Carlos Callejo and Raul Valdez! Click HERE for the show
"Allende" Mural Revitalization, Chicano Park, San Diego, CA

“Allende” Mural Revitalization, Chicano Park, San Diego, CA

“Allende” Originally created by Charles Felix has been recently restored by Mario Torero, Guillermo Rosette, and Norma Montoya. Above: Photo by Todd Stands Above: Photo by Lawrence Costales

Mural Ordinance PLUM Committee Meeting

After a long hearing from the Council, DCA, City Planning, and concerned muralists, we were able to let loose and have some smiles for the camera in beautiful City hall.Norma Montoya with Council Member,  Ed Reyes, District 1
Historical Resources Board's Award of Excellence for Cultural Landscape, San Diego, CA

Historical Resources Board’s Award of Excellence for Cultural Landscape, San Diego, CA

  Photo taken on the day of the awards ceremony. Norma Montoya with Salvador Roberto Torres Chairman of Chicano Park Arts Council Inc.
Altares

Altares

Estrada Courts Housing Projects Activity Center; City Terrace Malabar Library; Tribute to the Late Rosa Parks at Hollywood Cemetery Forever Portrait by Mario Torero;
"Peasant Saint" Little Tokyo, Los Angeles California

“Peasant Saint” Little Tokyo, Los Angeles California

Mural by Norma Montoya and daughter Yamilette Montoya Duarte 2001. Commissioned by Tony Sperl and dedicated to Rev. Phil Aguilar of Set Free Ministries. Located in Little Tokyo in the parking lot between MOCA and 1st street.  
"The Creation", California Science Center, Exposition Park

“The Creation”, California Science Center, Exposition Park

A 8×300 foot panel wall painted with Avalon Gardens Housing Project children ages 12-17. Panel wall is for the construction of the new science center. The mural begins with children aboard a helium balloon to watch the creation. A child is in a space craft to enter the universe, thereafter he travels through ice, ocean,...
"La Reconquista", Duntzi Gallery, Cal State Long Beach

“La Reconquista”, Duntzi Gallery, Cal State Long Beach

  A floor and wall  installation with a five foot fabric frijolito character. A path of water outlined in pinto beans trails the gallery floor. Large painted pinto beans serve as walking stones to guide the viewer through the exhibit. Four wall panels with actual beans representing the latino race take over of the U.S....
"Tribute to Magritte, The Great Escape" Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall

“Tribute to Magritte, The Great Escape” Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall

Two murals and 14 art workshops were for the male students of Nidorf Juvenile Hall through the Los Angeles-based nonprofit corporation, Theatre Of Hearts, Inc.
Homeboy Clown

Homeboy Clown

Photo by Lawrence Costales   The Veteranos I never expected to get the biggest learning experience of my life from a homeboy or homegirl.  The Estrada Courts Housing Project taught me my first lessons in social work, leadership, and community relations.  Also, they taught me about survival and bravery.  The community was filled with artists,...
"Dreamworld", Estrada Courts Housing Projects, Los Angeles CA

“Dreamworld”, Estrada Courts Housing Projects, Los Angeles CA

    Where there are girls, there are boys, and it became difficult to separate them in groups, so our teams overlapped.  Although I supervised many projects with Charles Felix, most murals carried the name Felix and the crew.  After gaining respect, I was given my first inside wall called “Dream World”. Felix and I...
"Fish of the Future", Estrada Courts Housing Project, 1976

“Fish of the Future”, Estrada Courts Housing Project, 1976

Being a muralist in a housing project has many opportunities to meet a variety of people from all walks of life, but few artists take that time to bond with the community.  In Estrada Courts, there were many skilled artists, laborers and craftsmen all living in poverty housing.  My attachment to the people left me...