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Rubin Center at 2021 Chalk The Block

Saturday, October 9th, 10AM-10PM
Sunday, October 10th, 11AM-3PM

This year the Rubin Center will be present in a big way at El Paso's biggest arts festival. Rubin Center Community Curator Ramon Cardenas will be curating the annual live mural painting featuring Houston-based artist Kill Joy and local artists Gabriel Marquez and Paola Martinez. Muralists will begin painting on Friday and will be present throughout the festival on both Saturday and Sunday.    

For more information about the festival visit the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Facebook Event Page





Kill Joy - Houston, Tx

Born in the desert of west Texas, Kill Joy's family is originally from and partly based in the Philippines, partly in Texas. Her work sits at the intersection where jungle meets desert, grounded in honoring the earth and seeking environmental and social justice. Her work is an interpretation of world mythology and a study of ancient symbols. She mixes this research with calls to global, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual awareness. Her practice, Joyland, includes printmaking, mural making, bookmaking, puppet making in Houston, TX.
Wall Location : Long Convention Center Wall


Gabriel Marquez - El Paso, Tx

Marquez's work takes on a fluid approach, the artwork he creates is freeform combined with symbolic features of desert animals and mystic creatures creating a mesmerizing image. Marquez's artwork explores themes of motion and stillness by using progressive contour lines in a pictorial realm that wanders between emptiness and fullness. The artwork although still, creates a continuous movement with the use of repetitive linear forms. Known for his intricate line drawings of fantastically surreal beings and dreamscapes, Marquez often works intuitively and allows the markings he creates to bring about the final outcome of the composition's imagery.

Wall Location : AirPlane


Paola Martinez I El Paso, TX

Wall Location : Pedestrian Pathway





Saturday and Sunday

Live mural painting by artists KillJoy, Gabriel Marquez and Paola Martinez was curated by Rubin Center Community Curator Ramon Cardenas. 

Sunday from 11am-3pm

Learn more about ongoing and upcoming activities the Rubin Center at our booth in front of the El Paso Museum of Art. 

Sunday at 1:15

Chico MacMurtrie Border Crosser Performance
Join artist Chico MacMurtrie and his kinetic Border Crosser sculpture in a live performance accompanied by faculty and students from the UTEP Departments of Music and Dance.  Procession begins at 1:15 at the corner of Mills and Oregon and proceeds to performance site between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre.