Estria was born in Hawaii. Estria is an internationally recognized muralist and the co-founder and creative director of the Estria Foundation (TEF). It is a non-profit organization using art in public to transform communities and at the same time bring attention to community issues. Estria attended ‘lolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1980 to 1986 and got a BFA in Illustration from both the University of San Francisco and the Academy of Art in 1992.
Estria began painting in Hawaii in 1984, and he has completed almost 1,000 murals worldwide. His murals have influenced the “Golden Age” of graffiti (1980s) in San Francisco. He pioneered painting techniques and was instrumental in the development of the stencil tip. The Estria Foundation launched an 11 city series of murals including the Philippines, Palestine, and South Africa called Water Writes to raise awareness of critical water issues such as the importance of safe drinking water.
Estria spends time in Honolulu, San Francisco, and Oakland. When he is in Hawaii, Estria visits Hawaiian communities; Hawaii is where he had co-founded the Estria Foundation, launched the Mele Murals program, and volunteered with 808 Urban. This mural about clean and safe water awareness is from his foundation as part of a collaboration called Water Writes.
- Estria moved to San Francisco and began developing a new spray painting technique. He founded the first urban art class at a San Francisco high school where attendance was 100%. Estria also teaches in Precita Eyes’ Urban Arts Program. Precita Eyes is a community-based non-profit muralist and arts education group located in the Mission District (2981 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110). Here is a picture of the organization below.
- Estria founded two well-known organizations in the East Bay. Samurai Graphix is a screen-printing company located in San Leandro. Tumis Design is another organization that Estria founded, which is located in Oakland (1633 Broadway, Suite B, Oakland, CA 94612) to serve nonprofits and foundations. Estria also co-founded Visual Element, the EastSide Arts Alliance’s youth mural workshop. A mural on the outside of the EastSide Arts Alliance (2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606) is pictured below.
~ by Addrienne Williams ~