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So excited to announce a brand new partnership with Mission TaqueriaArt at Mission!

#ArtAtMission is a new project that’s transforming Mission Taqueria’s courtyard into a rotating outdoor arts space curated by me,’s founder Conrad Benner.

And we couldn’t be more thrilled to tell you that the first Art at Mission artist to takeover the courtyard is none other than Philly-based artist and muralist, Calo Rosa! Born in San Salvador, Calo lives and works in Philadelphia where he has created some of our city’s most beautiful, eye-catching murals. (Evidence herehere, and even this little guy here!)

Calo comes from a family of artists with diverse media including graphic design, Brazilian percussion, oil painting, and cake-making. He holds a degree in Fine and Visual Arts from the Centro Nacional de Artes (CENAR) and a degree in graphic design from Don Bosco University. And after becoming frustrated with the exclusivity of the San Salvador gallery scene, he began to define his own street art style. Calo’s colorful pieces portray the vibrant Latin American culture, and mirror the sounds, roots, and forms of the urban-tropical lifestyle.

Mission “Tropicalizada” by Calo Rosa – Artist Statement

Since the first encounters of European civilization with the tropics, their fascination with the flora and fauna of the “New World” grew quickly in to a desire to own it.

They tried to “civilize” life in the tropics, implementing by force a Eurocentric way of living. An example: The Manaus Opera House, a theater built in the middle of the Amazon, home to the Amazon Philharmonic Orchestra.

This mural depicts classic European ideals of beauty taken over by plants—the
tropics de-colonizing a decaying Eurocentric way of life. An ode to natural beauty overcoming oppression.

EXHIBITION HOURS: Calo’s exhibition begins on Wednesday, June 13 and goes through the end of August. Grab a margarita – or two – and come check it out any day/time that Mission Taqueria is open! You can see their hours here.

PURCHASE A PANEL: All four of Calo’s Art at Mission mural panels are for sale! Each side of the mural is made of two panels which can be purchased either individually for $1,300, or as a diptych for $2,500. Please reach out to Calo directly at CaloStreetArts [at] gmail [dot] com with any inquiries.

And y’all, don’t forget to tag Calo (@caloblacksand,) Mission (@MissionTaqueria,) and myself (@StreetsDept) using the hashtag #ArtAtMission on Instagram when you go to see the exhibition. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photos that you take to my Instagram Stories all summer long!

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