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Chief Joseph Mural Being Created at Chief Joseph School (Photos)

Joe Galati, principal at Chief Joseph School in North Portland, used money the school had received from the Portland Public Schools Equity Fund, to hire Toma Villa, 35, a Native American artist from the Yakama tribe, to paint a large mural of Chief Joseph on the side of one of the school buildings.

Villa, who has traveled all over the country and the world teaching and doing art work started this mural last week. He has worked long days all through the weekend to finish this mural which is done totally in spray paint.

About the artist in his own words -

"My name is Toma Villa. Born in Oklahoma, but raised in Portland Or. and registered member of Yakama Nation.

I am currently attending PSU working towards a BFA in painting and printmaking. My abilities in art range from graffiti art, iron casting, painting, airbrushing, printmaking, sculpture and design.

The roots of my art have always been graffiti art. I get a lot of my inspiration from all kinds of places, from cities I have visited and paintings I’ve seen such as Salvador Dali or Saber.

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The world is so big yet so small and I wish to see it all.

I feel that you can never dream too big and always look forward to the future. Something’s may seem impossible but if you make a plan in life you will succeed."








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Responses to "Chief Joseph Mural being painted by well-known Native Artist, Toma Villa"

  1. trinity says:

    Beautiful, he does amazing work.

    Trinity

  2. Anonymous says:

    what an amazing way to honor

  3. Anonymous says:

    Can you please come to my place and do this again????? Absolutely fabulous!

  4. Anonymous says:

    he looks so sad

  5. Anonymous says:

    wow what a tribute, it is wonderful!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Totally amazing! You done us proud, miigwech. He is not sad, just has a story to tell...

  7. Anonymous says:

    GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR ALGO TAN HERMOSO, GRACIAS POR NO DEJARSE VENCER AUN CONTRA TODO. HONOR A MI SANGRE INDIA, HONOR A LOS GUERREROS!

  8. Unknown says:

    Fantastisch. Ik doe het hem niet na. Toma Villa my compliments, you makes it better than ever I can..
    You using bruches, oow, is that good for the Earth? (sorry)

    Jantje Delger.


  9. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful talent ! And amazingly done primarily with cans of spray paint ! From one artist to another...bravo, my friend ! You make us proud !

  10. toma-v says:

    Hi There,

    This is Toma Villa of Oregon. I want to thank you for posting the mural of Chief Joseph and it is an honor to receive so much positive feedback about it.

  11. spanky says:

    I love all that talent in one body. mural my home Its Chief Josephs spirit that soars across this huge canvas.I only wish he can mural my home like this.I love it.

  12. Next time out west will visit mural. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Noelle says:

    OMG ... he is amazing ! What a talent.

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