Carlos Donjuan, assistant professor of art and art history, is one of the most recent muralists to leave their mark on the offices of Facebook.
Donjuan painted his piece, “The Lost Boys,” at the Facebook offices in Fremont, California, earlier this summer. He is part of a diverse range of artists from across the country who have been invited to various offices in several states to create art installations inside the workspaces of Facebook.
He says his mural is meant to energize, inspire, and challenge employees.
“For me, murals have always been a way to share your artistic vision with your community or maybe even in places you’ve never been to,” says Donjuan. “They can be a way to create conversation and conceptual thought.”
Donjuan was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and arrived in Dallas with his family in the summer of 1985. His “Illegal Aliens” series has been exhibited at major museums and galleries all over the world. The paintings feature masked individuals, often surrounded by surreal characters or unusual landscapes.
“With my art, I can turn this negative, derogatory term into positive, visual imagery,” he says. “In the mural I painted at Facebook, the idea is these children are surrounded by guiding spirits to help them have a safe journey.”