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Rigo 23

For a while, his name would change from year to year: one mural would be signed Rigo 85 while

another would bear the signature Rigo 99, taking on the last two digits of the current year. However,

Though murals remain his best-known work, Rigo 23 has frequently ventured into

other media, such as drawing, painting, performances, interventions, and zines-while always

working in the public realm to advocate for social and political change. He addresses a range of

issues, including the treatment of international workers in the new global economy, the wrongful

incarceration of political prisoners, and the displacement of Native Americans in the United States.

In one of his earlier works, One Tree (1996), he painted the words “one tree” within an oversized