Esco Alley Art
A mural street art project in Downtown Escondido in North County San Diego.
Denise Cervantes
My Parents' Land

My piece is about Nayarit where my parents are from. It is known for artworks that incorporate many symbols using different textiles, beads and threading found in the making of purses and garments. My family is very united. I am first generation here in the US. My parents came here to give us a better life. I want to remind them I am still proud of where they are from. It is still a part of us. Everything I do is for my parents who are Huichol, indigenous people of Mexico from the Sierra Madre Occidental range. I am a big fan of that style of art. Every time I visit, I purchase a piece to bring home with me. I have always wanted to create a painting like this to showcase my culture and I knew instantly I wanted to do something like this. I love and work with a lot of color and because Huichol art is super colorful, I can relate to it. The mural touches upon different parts of me. It is made up of two panels. The bottom panel has a Huichol girl in the center. She is wearing a garment with the symbol of a bird. There is also a deer in the Huichol style of art with all the symbols. Above the deer I put a cornfield. Agriculture is big over there. And to the right of her I bring in a little bit of the village called Pericos where my parents are from. It means parrot, thus the parrot in the mural. On top I placed the town center where everyone gathers. It is normally full of color. Right now, it is a bright pink. That is where all the celebrations take place. It is a big thing. I added a lot of different beads to emphasize the beading they do. Toward the top is a Huichol man playing a violin. The ocean and fishing have significance so that is also represented. Abundant waterfalls are also in the piece as is a church, religion playing an important role in their lives. This is my first time doing a big piece like this. I have been an artist since after high school. I took some college courses. I have painted a lot of portraits of people who have passed away. I wanted to showcase a different style of art with scenery, landscape, and symbols – super detailed. I wanted to put as much on the canvas as I can so people can see what I am able to do.

 Escondido is for artists. 

Come & CElebrate!!

2023 Esco Alley Art Party

Explore 12 new murals, and join us for birthday cake to celebrate Mayor Dane White’s birthday.

4 PM on Saturday, September 9th

Alley Art Party with DJ & cake, Free and Open to All, with food available for purchase from Doña Rosa Raspados. 

Find us in the alley south of Grand Ave between Kalmia and Juniper.

Global Roots Mural Mosaic Unveiling

America Connects West Mural

Music, Food, Friends, and Art!

Maple Street Plaza
Escondido, CA 92025

Join us for the Unveiling!

Sunday March 26, 3pm

Let's party!

2022 Esco Alley Art Party

Come celebrate the addition of 12 new murals with our artists in Downtown Escondido!

3 PM on Saturday, November 12th

Alley Art Party with Live Music, Free and Open to All!

Find us in the alley south of Grand Ave between Broadway and Kalmia.

Call For Artists

2023 Season

Esco Alley Art exists because of our wonderful artists. Apply today to participate in our next round of murals.

Thank you!

We so appreciate your generosity.