Marina Perez-Wong (aka Micho P. Wong) is an artist participating in Community Arts and Education’s StreetSmARTS program. As a native San Franciscan, Marina bridges the gap between the fine art world and the public with site-specific works of San Francisco’s Mission District. Marina is the recipient of many awards including the Precita Eyes Community Center Mural Award. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including the Precita Eyes Benefit at SOMArts and the Children with AIDS Benefit at 111 Minna Gallery.
As a StreetSmARTS artist, Marina designed and painted a colorful mural at 485 Scott Street, which includes images of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square Park and other historic San Francisco landmarks. She collaborated with the building’s owner to design a mural that reflects contemporary San Francisco.
With the help of her long-time friend and fellow painter, Ernesto Aguilar, Marina explains the imagery she chose for the mural in this short video. Marina and Ernesto speak about their previous collaborations and explain how StreetSmARTS has allowed them to give back to their community.