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Thomas Suriya
You Are The Star
1983


Project Area: Hollywood
Project: You Are The Star Mural Conservation
Project Location: Wilcox Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard
Project Type: CRA/LA Initiated

Description:

Thomas Suriya’s “You Are The Star” mural portrays a number of Hollywood screen legends as a movie theatre audience. Facing Wilcox Avenue in Hollywood, this mural gives all passersby the opportunity to inadvertently become part of the show and provide entertainment for these film icons.

Originally created in 1983, "You Are The Star" suffered deleterious effects from its environment over the years. Working with the Hollywood Arts Council, CRA/LA provided funding assistance for conservation of this well-known mural. Suriya re-visited his work to complete all necessary renovations.  A protective coating was applied over the mural.

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Artist Profile

Thomas Suriya was born in Southeast Wisconsin in 1948.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Geology in 1970.  His mural painting career began in 1983 with You Are The Star and subsequent projects ensued, including both public and private, culminating with the completion of the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market murals, in downtown Los Angeles in 1986.  Restorations of both murals were completed by the artist in 2007 and 2011.  In 1987, he followed his mural work with a career in television and motion picture digital effects.  Suriya currently resides in Northern New Mexico where he practices oil painting and explorations in other media, both traditional and digital.