Chicago artist Milton Coronado brings to life murals, portraits across the city
CHICAGO - The outline is all done, painted in bright orange on the side of La Penca De Jalisco a Mexican Restaurant.
Behind the paint can is Milton Coronado — an artist that started with graffiti and over the last 25 years transitioned into commissioned street art.
"They were loving it. Brought the community together," said Milton Coronado, a Chicago native and artist.
The art is coming to life in the 3600 block of W. 59th Street. The mural commemorates the life of Azul De La Garza. The 18-year-old was shot while sitting in a car just three blocks away.
Coronado will have the piece done in time for what would have been Azul’s 19th birthday.
"She would have been 19-years-old this coming Saturday," Coronado said.
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The Chicagoan has done pieces all over the city for the last 25 years.
"Situations in my life that I personally went through," said Coronado. "Death in the family, both parents. I made a decision to do the type you see here that I do now. Murals, portraits and commission work, advertisements."
There’s a difference between commissioned street art and graffiti, but sometimes people confuse the two.
"Personally I see it as ignorance, lack of education," said Coronado.
There’s a huge mural on the side of a business at 49th and Western. The business owner wanted it. It took over 15 different artists, including Coronado, to get it done.
"We picked that just for fun," said Coronado.