The City of Los Angeles unveils Robert Vargas Square in Boyle Heights, named for internationally acclaimed artist Robert Vargas

BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC)– Robert Vargas is an internationally acclaimed artist – born and raised in Boyle Heights. He became known for his portraits and murals. The City of Los Angeles honored him by naming the intersection of First and State Streets “Robert Vargas Square.”

“I feel elated. It’s an incredible honor. Extremely humiliating. Most of all, I thank my beloved Boyle Heights, who has continued to inspire me and has taught me endurance and given me strength,” Vargas said.

Vargas uses various buildings across LA as canvases to paint various murals. He has also painted around the world in places such as Egypt and England where he painted a mural of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The unveiling of the place was attended by Vargas’ mentors, colleagues, friends and family.

“Honestly, I never imagined that he would make it around the world because he paints all over the world and here, so it’s a great honor for our family,” said Sister Erin Vargas.

Boyle Heights has several streets named after cultural icons such as civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, which has its own space on First Street and Chicago Street. Most recently, the late Mexican singer Vincente Fernandez was honored with his own street between First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Now there is Robert Vargas Square.

“And as we look at our history, we will know that Boyle Heights has made a huge contribution to the cultural development of our community and also to the heroes we look up to, Robert Vargas, our local hero,” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago.

Vargas is about to break a record with a 14-story mural located next to Pershing Square in downtown LA. He plans to finish it in the spring, and it could become the largest mural painted by an artist in the world.

“Thank you to my mother for recognizing and supporting my creativity early on and for believing in me. Most of all, thank you for just letting me be me,” Vargas said.

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