Salvador Barajas

"Having integrity as one of our qualities makes our journey through life much easier; integrity without truth is not integrity."

Growing up in Mexico, Salvador "Sal" Barajas and his family immigrated to the United States when Sal was 18. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Sal developed as an artist, studying advertising design at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College then attending the Academy of Arts in San Francisco and San Diego State University. A strong sense of community, justice and integrity has guided Sal in his work as a professional art director and community muralist. In 1973 he was one of the original muralists to paint the world famous San Diego Chicano Park murals, later playing an important role in the Chicano Park Mural Restoration Project. Sal and his wife are major proponents of education and, as a result, all four of their children have graduated from college. Sal owns Motivational Designs, a business that provides teachers with classroom tools that promote bilingual education.

"In the beginning you do artwork to fulfill material needs, in later years you create to satisfy your soul."