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Monterey's Newest Mural to be Unveiled July 1

On July 1, 2020, the Monterey History & Art Association will be unveiling a surreal waterscape mural that was lead by local artist, Avelino Santoyo-Hernandez.

Avelino Santoyo-Hernandez
Avelino Santoyo-Hernandez

Avelino was born in Mexico City, but has spent half of his life in the United States, marking him with a deep bicultural perspective. He creates bold, energetic and colorful pieces, and strives to make art accessible to all.

Avelino was immediately onboard to create a mural that everyone touring the Fisherman's Wharf could enjoy. "My philosophy is that art is for everyone," says Mr. Santoyo-Hernandez, "and it makes me so happy to come together with two other local artists to create this piece for our community."

His philosophy is evident throughout this work, as he is known for painting pieces on discarded cardboard, as evidence that you don't need a lot to create something beautiful.

As well as viewing Avelino's mural for the first time, tomorrow is one of the last days for the public to see his work on display inside the Dalí Exhibition.

The mural has many surrealistic surprises, which were done in collaboration with Gerardo Zambrano and Arsenio Baca.

Gerardo Zambrano is also a local artist who was featured in the Monterey Art Exchange Project in 2019. He first started painting in mid-2017, and has already created over 200 works of art. Zambrano's art is visually and technically unique, making his art incredibly distinctive.

Arsenio Baca has been working as an artist throughout the Bay area for over ten years. His portfolio is diverse, ranging from murals, canvas painting, charcoal and pen drawings, as well as wood burning art. He draws inspiration from the cultural and artistic diversity of our community.

The mural can be seen as you walk by Monterey History & Art Association, but for a closer look, guests will have to enter the Dalí Exhibition. All three artists will be at the unveiling of their mural tomorrow, July 1, 2020.


Contact the Muralists

Avelino Santoyo-Hernandez


Instagram: @avelsanher

Arsenio Baca


Instagram: @abacaart


Gerardo Zambrano


Instagram: @gi.zambrano



Regarding COVID-19 Changes

Dmitry and Rebecca Piterman are thrilled to once again open the doors to the public, and unveil their brand new curated collection of Dali, as well as Monterey’s newest mural.

While the ongoing global pandemic has led to extensive social distancing orders, the Monterey Dalí Exhibition has also implemented various protocols to ensure the health and safety of their guests. Their efforts include focusing on sanitization while continuously monitoring the number of guests in the vicinity at once.

"Due to strict social distancing mandates we are currently taking every precaution to help mitigate the spread of the virus" states Rebecca, who manages the Exhibition. "We have made it our primary mission to adapt to these difficult times and are confident that we have established a safe space."


About Monterey History & Art Association: Salvador Dalí Exhibition

The Monterey History & Art Association is the West Coast's largest private collection of Salvador Dalí. The association has 580 rare lithographs, etchings, sculptures, and tapestries on display.

Salvador Dali is one of the most celebrated Spanish surrealist painters of the 20th century. Renowned for Melting Clocks (1931) and The Persistence of Memory (1931), his use of color and striking imagery remains revolutionary.

Dalí fled Spain during the late 1930's and spent nearly a decade in the Monterey area. Our mission is to revive Dalí’s local history by showcasing some of his unique pieces and capturing the rich history that ties him to the Monterey region.

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