EAST LOS ANGELES — The characters and actors who appeared in El Chavo del Ocho are among the most beloved in Spanish-language television. While it has been decades since the last episodes were made, El Chavo, whose main character was an orphan who lived in a working-class apartment complex, remains a popular figure. One example of that enduring popularity is this large, nearly two-story high mural in the 5100 block of Via Corona Street. Here, on a narrow and rather bleak side street, the characters of El Chavo are depicted in cartoon-like colors on a cinderblock building.
Thanks to past images of Google Street View, you can find out how the mural has changed since 2012. It’s not clear who painted the mural, but it looks like many of the show’s fans would approve.
So, who is your favorite EL Chavo character?
Update: The artist who painted the mural is Javier H. M. Ruiz, who said it took him 75 hours to paint the mural.
“Basically [I] redid the El Chavo theme on that wall, but wanted to cover the whole wall and make it a bit more three dimensional,” said Ruiz via email.
Ruiz painted another mural with a group of artists around the corner from his El Chavo piece. Ruiz, who lives in Colombia, is currently painting a mural in Ecuador.
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