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Rigo 23

Summary
Rigo 23 (born Ricardo Gouveia, 1966) is a Portuguese-born American muralist, painter, and political artist. He is known in the San Francisco community for having painted a number of large, graphic "sign" murals including: One Tree next to the U.S. Route 101 on-ramp at 10th and Bryant Street, Innercity Home on a large public housing structure, Sky/Ground on a tall abandoned building at 3rd and Mission Street, and Extinct over a Shell gas station. He resides in San Francisco, California. Early life and education Rigo was born in 1966 and raised on the island of Madeira in Portugal. In his youth he joined Center for Cultural Action (CACF) in Funchal and connected with older artists. Rigo arrived in San Francisco in 1985, using the name Rigo 85. He earned a BFA degree from San Francisco Art Institute in 1991, and an MFA degree from Stanford University in 1997. From 1984 until 2002, Rigo used the last two digits of the current year as part of his name, finally settling upon "23
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