Patricia Rose


Patricia Rose (born 1950) is a muralist, artist, and educator. She was born in Pasadena, California, and raised nearby in Covina. She came to San Francisco in 1968, shortly after the “Summer of Love,” with flowers in her hair. She is most commonly associated with her work with Precita Eyes Muralists, which she officially became involved with back in 1980, three years after its founding. She earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1983. That same year, she received an artist residency from the National Endowment for the Arts for a project at a local community-oriented arts organization and urban farm program known as the farm (1978–86), including a stint at their art gallery from 1984 to 1986. The project consisted in reviving and refurbishing an antique sewing machine retrieved from a dumpster in Chinatown, using it to sew a large pictorial quilt depicting the farm and its unique location, under the freeway interchange at Potrero and Army Streets. Susan Kelk Cervantes, one of her teachers, taught Rose about mural making and collaboration. These days she is a mural tour coordinator for Precita Eyes Muralists. She has also worked as a store manager, membership coordinator, advisory board member, and mural walk docent. She is known to be a mural encyclopedia, being able to cater and adapt her tours of the Mission District seamlessly to different audiences and age groups. Her most beloved Mission District mural is La Virgencita (2000), still in Balmy Alley.

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Works by Patricia Rose

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