Born in Santa Barbara, California, Wayne Alaniz Healy was raised in East Los Angeles.
His entire K-12 education took place within a 10-block area. Moving away to college at California State Polytechnic College - Pomona (BS Aerospace Engineering, BS Mathematics 1968) and then to the University of Cincinnati (MS Mechanical Engineering 1973) gave Healy a wanderlust that persists to this day. The technical education resulted in a 23-year engineering career in aerospace. In 1991, Healy left aerospace to devote full time to art. Healy made it official by earning his MFA [Art 1999] from California State University Northridge.
If one believes in the hereditary transmission of artistic ability, then it is easy to believe that Healy was born to be an artist. Grandfather Adolfo Alaniz, who painted a mural in 1920s' Los Angeles, was a respected artist who taught his sons to paint. The sons became Healy's uncles and passed the muse onto their eager nephew. Thus, long before art school, Healy already had a lifetime of art training.
Wayne Healy began to sell his oil paintings soon after moving to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1968 and so started a professional art career that has spanned nearly 40 years. The mid-west period pieces were all commissions and had no gallery exhibitions. That all changed when Healy returned to East Los in 1972 and immediately dove into the ELA Mural Movement with Mechicano Art Center. The focus of the artist's life was thus forged in public art.
In 1975, WH was reunited with grade school friend and fellow artist David Botello to establish East Los Streetscapers (ELS), the most enduring public art team to come from East L A. After painting murals that celebrate the human spirit for more than two decades, ELS has grown into public art projects that are 3D and multimedia in nature. ELS now build public art from the ground up, as in two 1997 projects: El Pueblo San José de Guadalupe and the LAPD Memorial.
The projects use sculpture in concrete and bronze plus architectural materials such as granite, concrete, steel and pavers. The multimedia design effort combines engineering and art, thus opening up a vast potential for new ideas. The challenge of integrating art and architecture motivates ELS in the 21st century.
Although public art demands a lot of time, Wayne Healy continues to produce his own art work. Besides painting and drawing in the studio, Healy produces a variety of graphic works at East L A's Self Help Graphics including serigraph, mono-silkscreen and etching. Healy's imagery mostly depicts everyday scenes that are cultural and/or universal. His art is recognizable by vigorous draftsmanship, dramatically angled composition and strong colors. The work is in public and private collections on six continents.
Healy began his international art odyssey by curating the first exhibit of Chicano art in Europe in 1983.
The exhibit opened at the Triskel Art Centre in Cork, Ireland; birthplace of his great grandfather. Since then, he has traveled to Egypt, Pakistan, Japan, Spain, Qatar, England, Scotland, Chile, Peru and México to participate in exhibits and give workshops.
The ELS studio has provided work experience and job training for young artists eager to carry on the tradition. Healy as educator has run workshops, given lectures and worked on projects with K-12 youth. Healy taught part time at Cal Poly-Pomona (Engineering Dept, 1975-77), CSUN (Art Dept, 1997-2001)
and Otis College of Art & Design (Fine Arts, 2005).
East Los Streetscapers was founded in 1975. Public Art projects include painting, tiles, bas-relief and sculptures in a wide variety of materials. Our designs are universal, interactive and narrative.
They are also multicultural, site specific and compositionally dramatic in line, color, volume
Selected Permanent Public Art Installations
2012 East Rockville Blossom, City of Rockville, MD Ð East Rockville 2010 Frolicking Angel, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Plaza Ð Nagoya, Japan.
2008 Burbank Suite, City of Burbank, CA Ð Community Services Building 2007 Parabolic Flight, City of Ventura, CA Ð Olivas Park Adobe/Golf Course.
2006 Human Performance, State of Utah Ð Swensen Gym, Weber State University 2005 Abuelitos, City of Santa Fe Springs Ð Neighborhood Senior Center.
2004 The Reel Media, Private Commission Ð Best Western Motel, Burbank, CA.
2003 Red Car to El Sereno, City of Los Angeles Library Ð Huntington Dr. Los Angeles 2002 Read, Reach and Realize, City of Burbank Library Ð Buena Vista Blvd & Verdugo Rd.
2001 Claremont Stelae, City of Claremont Ð Alexander Hughes Community Center 1997 El Pueblo de San JosŽ, 14Õx20Õx20Õ, SJ RDA, Parque de los Pobladores, San JosŽ, CA.
1990 Bellingham Centennial Mural, 33Õx31Õ, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA 1985 El Nuevo Fuego, 80Õx85Õ, Private Commission, Los Angeles, CA.
1979 Moonscapes, 10Õx400Õ, California Arts Council, DMV. Culver City, CA.
2007 Off The Wall Ð Ontario International Airport, CA.
2001 WH/ELS 25 Years in Public Art Ð Centre for the Arts/ City of Pico Rivera, CA.
1998 Culture y Cultura Ð Autry Museum of Western Heritage / Los Angeles, CA.
1997 From East Los to Sacra Ð La Raza/Galer’a Posada / Sacramento, CA.
1993 Six Los Angeles Muralists Ð Koplin Gallery / Santa Monica, CA.
1992-4 The Chicano Codices Ð S F, Washington DC, NY, Miami San Antonio et al
1990 CARA: Chicano Art Ô65-85Õ Ð LA, SF, Denver, NY, Houston, DC, Chicago, et al.
1989 Les Demons Des Agnes Ð Barcelona, Nantes, Brussels, St. Lo, et al.
2002 Award of Excellence, Architectural Commission, City of Claremont, CA.
1994 Artist-In-the-Community Grant, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.
1992 Grant for Mural Study in Spain, ComitŽ Conjunto Hispano/Norteamericano.
1990 Visual Arts Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation.
1980 Visual Arts Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts.
Current Position: Artist, Director & Owner of East Los Streetscapers Public Art Studios, 1975-present.
Education: MFA Art, (sculpture, ceramics, printmaking), CSUN, Northridge,CA. 1999
MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, OH. 1973
BS Aerospace Engineering, California State Polytechnic College, Pomona, CA. 1968
BS Math, California State Polytechnic College, Pomona, CA. 1968
Experience: Public art, fine art, painter, sculptor, print maker: Mechicano Art Center, Self Help Graphics,
Aerospace engineer: General Electric, General Dynamics, Hughes Aircraft, 1968-91
Teaching Experience: Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1975-1977, Mechanical Engineering
CSUN, Northridge, 1997-2003.
Art Foundation and Murals Otis College of Art and Design, 2006, Printmaking.
Public Service: Member, Los Angeles/DCA Public Art Committee, since 2006
Member, Los Angeles MayorÕs Design Advisory Panel, since 2010
2012 The Expressive Line of Wayne Healy, El Camino College, (solo)
2011 The ArtistÕs Museum, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Siqueiros in Los Angeles, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Sol y Mar, Galer’a de Arte Ryoichi Jinnai Ð Assoc Japo-Per Lima, Peru
2007 East L A, The Way I Remember It, The Vincent Price Art Gallery, East LA College (solo)
2007 One Man Show, Plaza Art Gallery, Oxnard, CA (solo)
2007 The McMillin Effect, Studio Channel Islands Art Center/CSUCI, Camarillo, CA
2007 Papel Chicano, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ 2007 Pintores de Aztlan, La Casa Encendida - Madrid, Spain 2006 Behind These Walls, Self Help Graphics, East L A, CA 2005 Wayne Healy, New Paintings, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2005 Mirando al Norte/Sur, CSUN Art Gallery, Northridge, CA
2005 C.O.L.A. (City of Los Angeles) Grant, Barnsdall Park Municipal Art Gal, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Wayne Healy, 25 year Print Retrospective, Platt Gallery, U of Judaism, Bel Air, CA (solo)
2002 Pintores Iberoamericanos, Sala de la Fundaci—n Mapfre Guanarteme Las Palmas, Canarias
2002 Just Another Poster? Chicano Political Graphics, UCSB Art Gal, UCLA: Fowler Museum
2006 Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, San Antonio, Wash. DC, El Paso, Albuquerque, Indianapolis, San Diego, Ft Lauderdale, Chicago, et al
1991 Alone At Last, Galeria Otra Vez, East Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1973 Wayne Healy - One Man Show, Mechicano Art Center.
Wayne Alaniz Healy
East Los Streetscapers
Founded in 1975, East Los Streetscapers is collabrative Public Art Studio
owned and operated by Wayne Healy.