It’s Carlos Santana! I wanted to find out if the bakery had any information because the piece was obviously done with permission. It’s flanked on either side by lists of things that the bakery sells. One of the employees inside told me the pieces are done by a man in his 30s named Guactemoc. He apparently creates a lot of works in businesses around the area and sometimes the people in these businesses even loan him a ladder when he needs it. Previously the mural was of Michael Jackson, the employee explained to me, because of his recent death. She emphasized that he doesn’t make the works just for the heck of it, but tries to address important issues at the time.
This particular piece has the words una p’al corazon’ written on the guitar which translate to ‘one for the heart.’ The piece has some great details, what with all the things swirling around Santana.
It’s also fascinating to look at his face, which has some strong emotion and some awesome shading. There are even small doves flying in front of his top hat, which I thought was another nice detail.
This whole time there has been an artist creating intriguing pieces in places I’ve walked by plenty of times! That’s the amazing thing about Los Angeles — there is so much artistic energy pulsing through that has not even been discovered. It’s like the city is a playground for these artists and they live in an underground world where they give fruition to pieces that mean, REALLY mean, something to them and that they want to share with the world.