The artist who was shot in Oakland is getting national attention for the project he was working on. One of 10 artists who were working on project called the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, the opportunity to offer a look at life outside of Oakland appears to have little to do with the violent end to his life. According to San Francisco Gate on Wednesday, friends and relatives are stunned that his life was taken while he was doing something positive.
The location of the mural and the time of day makes the death even stranger. The 4,000-square-foot mural is located on a wall under the Interstate 580 overpass. The situation played out in the morning during daylight after Ramos allegedly got into an argument with someone passing the area. The Toledo Blade reported on Wednesday that the mural was a stunning portrait that included trees, a creek and brightly colored Victorian houses which contrasts sharply with the parts of West Oakland that are struggling to cope with drugs, poverty and violence.
The life of mural artists isn’t always glamorous like the artists Banksy or Plastic Jesus. Most of the time people aren’t aware who paints the portraits along the freeways and unless a tragic incident happens. The spaces along the highways are sometimes brightly painted to allow residents of the community to share their thoughts of peace, prosperity and positive outlook. The mural that Antonio Ramos was working on was being sponsored by Attitudinal Healing Connection of Oakland, a group that seeks to stop violence by inspiring people with art and education.
The Oakland Police are still searching for the gunman in the incident.