Odd job more than 40 years ago led to career for local muralist

(*40*)SAN ANTONIO – When Jimmy Ramirez acknowledged there was one thing lacking from a model new business, he provided to assist.

The proprietor of the western put on retailer in Cotulla was in a bind and had no means to let potential clients know what he had for sale.

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“I asked him, ‘Aren’t you gonna put a sign here?,” Ramirez mentioned. “He said, ‘Well there’s no one here to paint. The only artist we had moved to San Antonio.”

That was in 1977.

Ramirez, who had a pure expertise for artwork, provided to step in and put one thing collectively.

Little did he know on the time that he additionally was forging a brand new career.

He says he started to signal his title to all his art work, and that led clients to him.


Now, his work is in demand by local companies.

The elaborate murals Ramirez created inside Hacienda Vallarta Buffet took months to full. (KSAT 12 News)

He is the artist behind the breezy scenes that you can find on the internal partitions of some fashionable eating places, together with Pete’s Tako House downtown and Hacienda Vallarta Buffet and Bakery on Bandera Road.

The murals usually depict a garden-type setting underneath vivid blue skies.

“I really don’t draw for a younger crowd. I draw for older people, for businesses,” he mentioned. “I don’t use spray paint. I’ve never used it although I do use airbrush.”

Ramirez says he prefers to do issues the old school means, painstakingly portray by hand as a lot as doable.

Ramirez even painted a mural on his lounge wall. The portray was a tribute to his late dad and mom. (KSAT 12 News)

The West Side native appreciates the newer art work that’s more and more popping up on partitions in his neighborhood and throughout town.

However, he says he remembers a time earlier than one of these mural work was fashionable.

“Back then, we really didn’t paint on walls,” he mentioned. “If it was not an advertisement, you really didn’t paint on them.”


Ramirez known as upon his previous expertise as an indication maker to welcome KSAT 12 to his dwelling. (KSAT 12 News)

Recently, he frightened his portray days could be over.

Ramirez wakened and found his van, which he calls his cell office, had been stolen.

“I had my brushes that I carry with the me, the majority of all my tools (in it),” he mentioned.

Although police rapidly recovered the car, they didn’t discover his artwork provides.

Ramirez says he’s grateful to household and mates who helped him substitute most of it and get again to work.

With an extended historical past behind him, he’s additionally serving to to safe the longer term.

He has been a mentor to his niece, Catalina Zamarripa, who is also an artist.

Zamarripa was featured beforehand in “If These Walls Could Talk.”

To see her story, click on right here.

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