The Link Murals

Santa Ana, California

These two murals were created for the homeless shelter the LINK in Santa Ana. This project was quite special, as the entire 200 bed facility was created in 28 days to provide emergency shelter.  Run by Mercy House and the City of Santa Ana, the entire mural project was designed and painted within 2 weeks and represents the first Republic Arts collaboration. 

Lead Muralist/Artist – David Blancas, Photographer/Artist – Nain Leon, Designer/Artist – Ron Garcia.   

Windows of Our Heritage

San Antonio, Texas

“Windows to Our Heritage” by San Antonio artist team David Blancas and Oscar Alvarado is an underpass mural series. The series features unique mosaic patterns and vignettes of significant people and places from the surrounding neighborhood. Each column is captioned with information about the community, history, and values depicted. The images range from indigenous tribes and clans, to Spanish colonialism and the Missions, ending with more recent histories. The people and places are familiar showcasing the unique history and heritage of the area. The artwork spans several sites: Steves Avenue, Mission Road, Roosevelt Avenue, and South Presa Street- with each location featuring a different color palette and unique imagery. George Cisneros of URBAN-15 helped to research and gather input from the community for this project. The project aims to improve the pedestrian experience of uninviting infrastructure, transforming the columns into an inspiring public art gallery.”Windows to Our Heritage” is part of a series of murals for the World Heritage Mural Trail. This series is located in San Antonio’s World Heritage Corridor and is a collaboration with the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture and the World Heritage Office.  

Spirit of a Leader

San Antonio, Texas

“Spirit of a Leader”— a photo-turned-mural of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” — was completed in 2013. “Spirit of a Leader” is featured at the beginning of San Antonio’s annual Martin Luther King’s march every January. Artist: David Blancas. Location: 3518 Martin Luther King Dr.

Queen of the Spanish Missions

San Antonio, Texas

This mural was created by David Blancas for the Harlandale School District the represent the heritage of the area. 

La Musica de San Anto

San Antonio, Texas

A gateway between the East and the West side, “La Musica de San Anto” memorializes local musical artists who have made their mark in the city. “La Musica de San Anto” was completed in 2008. The Lead muralist for this project was David Blancas of Republic Arts. Location: 1303 W. Commerce. This mural was done through non profit San Anto Cultural Arts.

The mural is a tribute to the lives and music of San Antonio-based musicians. It was inspired by Manny Castillo, the late co-founder and executive director of San Anto. Manny was also an artist, and is painted into the mural. The mural is constructed as a fictional show bill to showcase, label, and provide biographical information about each of the featured artists. Each part of the show bill also feature a particular hotspot for San Antonio’s past and/or present music scene.

The mural, which features Doug Sahm, Clifford Scott, Lydia Mendoza, Randy Garibay, Valerio Longoria and Manny Castillo.