Precita Eyes Staff
Founding Executive Director, MFA- Susan Cervantes
Susan Kelk Cervantes, a 47-year veteran of the San Francisco community mural art movement, is the founder and director of the Precita Eyes Muralists in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1977, Precita Eyes is one of only a handful of community mural arts centers in the United States. Cervantes is responsible for more than 200 collaborative community murals considered some of the finest in the Bay Area such as Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Mission Playground Pool, Precita Valley Community Center, the S.F.Women’s Building, 24th Street Mini Park and many others. She is dedicated to social change by enhancing the environment through the creation of murals while involving and educating the public through the community mural art process.
Administrative Director-Muralist, Elaine Chu
Elaine Chu was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from School of the Arts High School in 2000 and went on to study painting and art history at the Maryland Institute College of Arts. In high school she interned at Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center and fell in love with murals and the stories they told of the community that painted them. Precita Eyes opened her up to the possibilities of painting large scale. In 2004 she moved to Philadelphia and worked with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. She has since moved back to San Francisco and continues to make art and direct mural projects with Precita Eyes.
Tour Coordinator - Patricia Rose
Patricia Rose received her BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1983. She first became involved with Precita Eyes in 1980. While completing her degrees she received training in mural painting technique and the collaborative process from Susan Cervantes. Her involvement with community-oriented nonprofit arts organizations goes back to her work at The Farm, a multi-cultural multimedia arts center in San Francisco were she worked from 1978-86. She received a 1983 Artist Residency from the NEA and served as director of the Farm Art Gallery from 1984-86. In addition, Ms. Rose has served in various capacities at Precita Eyes, including store manager, membership coordinator, advisory board member, mural walk docent, and currently as mural tour coordinator.
Education Director - Yuka Ezoe
Yuka is a Japanese-American artist born in New Jersey. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, majoring in the Interdisciplinary fields of painting and textiles. Since graduation in 2006, she has committed myself to community arts education and have grown to become a Master Muralist and Education Director at the Precita Eyes Mural Center in the Mission District. Much of Yuka's post-collegiate focus has been my pursuit to develop an effective style and means to teach arts to children and young adults. She fully lives life as a working artist; however the engaging and inspiring experiences in her work with youth/children and arts education is what drives her creative endurance. Please explore her comprehensive body of work at yukakoezoe.com
Business Director - Jorge Morell
Store Manager - Cindy De Losa
Cynthia De Losa Mexican-Italian, third generation native San Franciscan. Daughter of Joe De Losa, retired Teamster and Connie De Losa, Interior designer. Born at Mary's Help Hospital on Clinton Park, November 5. Inspired early in life by her Grandmother Juanita Romero, who instilled in her strong values, determination and creativity.
While shopping at her corner store in Noe Valley she saw a bubble gum machine with individual "Homie" figurines, she then purchased some shadow boxes and the IDEA was born. Her style of Art showcases an event capturing the spirit of the "Homies", depicting her neighborhood and places where she grew up and spent time. This media known as "Diorama" is similar to the "Niche concept", popular in Mexican Folk Art. Cynthia brings this concept to life together with the "Homie" figurines and photo backgrounds.
Youth Arts Coordinator, Store Assistant, and Color Matcher - Max Marttila
Store Assistant, Color Matcher - Xavier Bess
I was born and raised in San Francisco, growing up I’ve always been interested in drawing and coloring. What inspires my art is whatever is on my mind or whatever thing I’m obsessed with, for a while it has been eyes, so sometimes I challenge myself to not add eyes in my art at all. I’ve been a part of the Precita family for about 3 years now as a paint mixer, store clerk, and mural restorer. I enjoy being here because it’s a lot of good energy and I learn a lot just by being around everything and everyone here.
Youth Arts Educator and Store Assistant - Fred Alvarado