Cynthia Luján is a visual artist who creates murals, paintings and photographs. A CSULB alumna who lives in Unincorporated City of Los Angeles, has a studio located in Santa Ana, and works in Long Beach while collaborating on projects throughout Southern CA in public spaces. Luján takes painting and mural project commissions on a limited basis. Through her undergraduate studies at CSULB she traveled to Russia, China and Japan, where she grew interest in public signage due to its innate visual traits, allowing multi-lingual people to be led in a uniform performance through public space. Her work challenges social constructions with images that explore the life of the urbanite and their performance through public spaces.
Some highlights of Luján’s public art projects featured in Long Beach are via a three month mural installation titled Alter-Space at The Allery in Bixby Knolls (2016), a permanent mural called Get Home Safe at a downtown parking structure through POW! WOW! Long Beach (2019) an international mural festival, and as a live painting mural installation titled Rest (PARK)ing Day (2019) through a project in partnership with the Downtown Long Beach Alliance. Her work has also been exhibited at the University Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, The Brand Library, LAxART, and Art Share L.A. among others. She’s coordinated and assisted in the installation of murals across the City of Long Beach. Her long term goals are to secure local and international residency opportunities, apply for grad school and become a professor at a college level continuing to teach visual art.
Due to her passion for interfacing with artists and community stakeholders, she is a committed community leader and demonstrates a history of working in the arts and culture sector as: a Fine Arts Instructor for the City of Norwalk Senior Citizens Center and the non-profit EngAGE, Public Art Manager at the Arts Council for Long Beach, active member of the CSULB alumni association FA4 Collective, and co-founder and previous director at __flatline gallery in North Long Beach.
Listen to an interview with Lujan for Port City Creative Guild’s ARTiculate: Cynthia Lujan — “In Situ” hosted by KLBP Long Beach Public Radio.