The John Biggers murals are replicas of famous paintings by Biggers (1924-2001), made by talented hidden street artists and curated by Street Art for Mankind. They raise awareness on the legacy of this incredible African-American artist who was also a philosopher and an educator, and send a message of unity. Biggers was based in Houston and world renown for his social realist murals and symbolic paintings. He believed that “self-dignity and racial pride could be consciously approached through art” .
The first mural, “The Stream Crosses the Path” Mural is a replica of the eponym painting by Biggers. It highlights the power and beauty of Black women featured as a cosmic, creative force and of African culture, constant themes of Biggers’ art. The original painting is a 40×60 inches oil and tempera on panel that can be viewed at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston.
The mural was made possible thanks to the drive of Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, to the support of David T. Hales, Trustee for Hazel Biggers and to the generous support of the Julia C Hester House, who also offered their wall for this occasion.
Address: 2020 Solo St, Houston, TX 77020
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