Levi Fonz Ponce in Mérida, Yucatan I Via Facebook
Los Angeles artist Levi Fonz Ponce will be painting live in the iHeartRadio Music Village at MGM Grand on Saturday. Through his method of getting work up on walls, Ponce has updated Latino muralism by adding a street art sensibility to site-specific traditions. He focuses on portraiture, at times celebrity-driven, but always a nod to his influences; his father artist / muralist Hector Ponce, and pioneer Kent Twitchell. As an arts advocate, Ponce lead a mini-movement of mural making that became the Pacoima Mural Mile, out in the eastern San Fernando Valley. The artist made gestures to do the same in Mexico when being featured the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatán (MACAY) by hitting the streets to work with Mexicano graff artists in Merida, Yucatan.
It's not Ponce's first visit to this valley. He has a mural on a North Las Vegas boxing gym, at Cheyenne and Civic Center, off Interstate 15.
A mural of boxer Fernando Vargas by Levi Fonz Ponce I Photo: Paint This Desert January 2014
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.