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Israel Francisco Haros Lopez was born in East Los Angeles to immigrant parents of Mexican descent. He is a recent recipient of the Kindle Project's "Makers Muse Award" for his community work in Santa Fe. His current body of work explores Mexican, Indigenous and Urban Street Art Identity. In abstract language he is begging the viewer to consider their own ancient script and ancestral memory in order to mend racial, geographical divides. The work is mark making as healing practice, which through his art workshops invites participants to also become contemporary ancient scribes exploring their own writing practices both literal and figurative.
He brings his firsthand knowledge of the realities of migration, U.S. border policies, and life as a Mexican American to his work with families and youth as a mentor, educator, art instructor, ally, workshop facilitator and activist. Even with a 1.59 High school G.P.A., Israel managed to go back to the community college and raise his grades to get accepted into U.C. Berkeley and receive a degree in English Literature and Chicano Studies followed by an M.F.A in Creative Writing. At formal and informal visual art spaces, Israel creates and collaborates in many interdisciplinary ways including poetry, performance, music, visual art, and video making and curriculum creation. His work addresses a multitude of historical and spiritual layered realities of border politics, identity politics, and the re-interpretation of histories.