Juana Alicia has been creating murals and teaching for four decades. Her large body of sculptural and painted public works can be seen in Nicaragua, Mexico, Pennsylvania and in many parts of California, most notably in San Francisco and the Mission District. Her work is associated with the greatest artistic and political achievements of the Chican@ movement.
She works in many media, including traditional acrylic murals, true fresco, mosaic tile and ceramic relief sculptural murals. She is also an accomplished printmaker and studio painter. Her prolific public commissions include SANARTE at U.C.S.F. Medical Center, SANTUARIO at the San Francisco International Airport, LA LLORONA'S SACRED WATERS at 24th and York Streets in the Mission of San Francisco, GEMELOS at the Metropolitan Technical University in Mérida, Mexico (with Tirso Araiza), and a suite of murals for Stanford University’s El Centro Chicano.
Juana Alicia’s newest mural, THE SPILL/EL DERRAME, can be found at the corners of Emerson and Adeline, in the City of Berkeley, across the street from the Ashby BART station. It refers to the Gulf oil spill of BP’s deepwater Macondo, and the dangers of carbon-based fuels for our planet. Her work is featured in many books and journals, including the newly released MISSION photography book by Richard Evans. She is recognized for the power of her style and content.