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Cordova Pintura

June 3, 2016

If you know anything about the Mission you know this picture. 


For decade(s) I have wondered why this painting was in El Farolito. When I learned about how al pastor was actually made, it made more sense. But still, a mystery was afoot. 

I was just in El Royal Cuckoo having a beer after work when the proprietor Deb (who also ran the greatly missed Way Out Cafe) brought the “taqueria paintings” up. “You will know them, I guarantee you.” She then showed me this site and my immediate reaction  was wtf WTF WTF

“He moved here (the Mission) in the ’60’s, and I remember him talking about it being very difficult to be here. He was a janitor but he had some relatives who helped him with a place to stay. One time I went to look for him, he had a studio at Valencia and 14th, in a parking lot, underground, just a little corner with all these cars in there. He had all his paint cans, and I said, “Hey Cordova, how can you paint in this place?” And he said, “It’s all right. In the morning everybody takes their cars and goes to work. By 11:00 am it is empty.” That was his studio. So at night he would go around to all the bars and see people.”

I am glad to have learned about Cordova. Wish I had sooner. 

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  1. Debbie Horn permalink
    June 4, 2016 4:46 pm

    Yes! So excited you posted about this legendary painter! P.S. The actual owner of The Royal Cuckoo is Paul Miller (my boyfriend!!!) and yes I miss The Way Out Cafe too! I am researching more on Cordova- will kerp you posted! Cheers- deb

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