Edenvale Library Dedicates New Mural

Samuel Rodriguez’ “A, E, I, O, U and Sometimes Why?” unveiled 6/28

SAN JOSE, Calif., (June 26, 2019) – The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs and the Office of Councilmember Sergio Jimenez invite the public to come celebrate the completion of the mural A, E, I, O, U, and Sometimes Why? by artist Samuel Rodriguez at the Edenvale Library. Rodriguez’s mural brings the imagination and thought of a community to life.

The dedication of A, E, I, O, U, and Sometimes Why? will take place Friday, June 28, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Edenvale Library, 101 Branham Lane, E, San José, CA 95111. Everyone is welcome to attend, families, kids, pets on leashes.

“The mural was inspired by the community and focuses on the intersection of time periods,” says Rodriguez. “San José is changing rapidly, but many remember the past and maintain it. For the younger generation that learn about history from their elders, the past to them is imaginary. So it becomes about how that past is imagined and relates to the future.”

About the Artist: Samuel Rodriguez is based in San José, California and his work is shown in public art spaces, museums, companies, galleries and in editorial publications. He was largely self-taught through the graffiti scene, until he decided to expand his studies by pursuing a Bachelor in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts. Rodriguez has since blended what he absorbed from both experiences to create his current style of portraiture which he refers to as, ‘Topographical Portraiture’ and ‘Type Faces’. The Topographical Portraits Rodriguez are made by stylizing a portrait with topographical lines and shapes, in a similar manner to those on geographic maps. His Type Faces incorporate typography and portraiture. For more about the artist, visit his website – https://samrodriguezart.com/studio.

About the San José Office of Cultural Affairs

The City of San José recognizes that the arts and culture are essential elements in the character and quality of life in a vibrant community and seeks to ensure that San José is an effective hub of a wide array of arts and cultural opportunities throughout Silicon Valley. The Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of Economic Development in the City Manager’s Office, is the lead City of San José agency for stewarding a vibrant arts sector.

About the City of San José

With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.

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