Jorge Tellaeche at work on a mural in Mexico. Courtesy Barrios Hermanos

Works by two influential artists from Mexico City and Baja California will be on display beginning Friday at an exhibition organized by Barrios Hermanos, a collective that promotes cultural and business connections between Tijuana and San Diego.

The exhibition at The Rose wine bar on 2219 30th Street features painting, sculpture and murals by Jorge Tellaeche and murals by Rodrigo “Rod” Villa.

Mural by Rod Villa

“We invite San Diegans and our friends south of the border to check out these talented Mexico-based artists,” said Jean Walcher, one of the organizers of Barrios Hermanos. “Our goal is that this show will help foster a cross-cultural exchange of art, culture and ideas. We hope to do another one soon, bringing American artists down to Mexico.”

Tellaeche’s murals have been commissioned by the Residence of the Ambassador in London, La Lomita in Valle de Guadalupe, the City University of New York, as well as international brands like Adidas, W Hotel and most recently Lululemon. His work aims to redefine contemporary Mexico by creating a parallel world full of color and organic forms.

A muralist and street-artist, Villa is known in Baja California for his large-scale murals that brighten the streets of his hometown, Mexicali. He draws inspiration from 20th century Mexican muralists, many of whom depicted the “common man” in larger-than-life settings.

The exhibition runs through March 9. Works will be for sale with all of proceeds going to the artists.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.