Hell@ Mission, a new weekly feature on our site  will give you a look at the past and present Mission through the eyes of local artist  Rio Yañez.

Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Yañez is a curator, photographer, and graphic artist. As a curator he is a frequent collaborator with his father, Rene Yañez. He has exhibited in cities ranging from San Francisco to Tokyo. His reimaginings of Frida Kahlo have included the Ghetto Frida Project, a series of prints, writings, and performance pieces featuring a thugged-out Kahlo. Yañez is also a founding member of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective. In the Mission District Rio has been conceived, disbelieved, and deceived; born, adorned, and scorned, jumped, dumped, and thumped, gentrified, vilified, and country-fried; educated, ICE-raided, and translated. He makes no admission for actions in the Mission and pleads the fifth for what he’s done down 25th. Check out more of his work  at rioyanez.com.

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  1. The Red Man approached me one night back in my youth as I was hanging out on 24th & Mission acting a fool and said to me pendejo!…I AM YOUR FATHER.

    I haven’t been the same vato since.

  2. great rio. i remember the red man from 20 years ago haunting 16th between mission and guerrero. he was one of a number of strange, if less iconic, characters on those blocks, though he was more unnerving than most. whenever i talked to him he was less than lucid, or maybe it was me. not surprisingly, he died, as he lived, for his art.