Salvador Vega has been an artist and muralist in Chicago since the 1970s. He attended Harrison High School and went on to the Art Institute of Chicago. As a student he was part of the protests demanding better education that resulted in the building of Benito Juarez HS. He was also a key leader demanding more rights and representation at the Art Institute and led the walkouts as a student there.
For four decades he has been part of the most significant large-scale murals and commercial signage in Chicago, from community murals in schools and banks to factories and warehouses, Vega has been at the upper tier of maestros of the genres.
He is often the technical support for artists pushing their own boundaries concerning scale and style.
His color choice and geometric flows in composition elevated art to a new era in design and stamped Chicago art with a distinctive recognizable voice. Together with his social-political ideology and roots in social action, Salvador is one of the few artists who manages to never compromise substance over style.