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Featured Artist: Los Dos

Chalk the Block edition

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Ramon and Christian Cardenas of Los Dos

Made up of husband and wife Ramon and Christian Cardenas, Los Dos live up to their name not only as a duo, but as artists whose work often reflects both sides of the border as well.

They expressed much excitement about curating this year’s Wall to Wall mural walk at Chalk the Block.

“It’s really cool to showcase the work that other artists are doing in the region and to widen the conversation,” Christian said.


“Stargazer” installation at Chalk the Block 2015.

A signature project of Los Dos is their Make Shift series, which symbolizes the culture and livelihood of both El Paso and Juarez through murals that can be found in Segundo Barrio and Juarez’s Melchor Ocampo neighborhood. Their work gained so much recognition that they landed an interview with Remezcla, a national online alternative magazine based out of Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

Ayotzinapa Tributo

“Ayotzinapa Tributo,” a rooftop project at Museo del Juguete Antiguo Mexicano. 

While this weekend’s murals will be temporary, Los Dos was invited to install a permanent mural at San Antonio’s contemporary arts festival, Luminaria. The piece will be modeled after one they did for Make Shift in which a child is reading a book while riding a flying carpet.

“It’s aimed towards a younger audience and tries to bring a message of connecting to your roots, but also, we’re just trying to encourage kids to read and get involved in that fantasy world,” Christian said.

Los Dos’ recycled bottles and cans series.