That is why Point Loman Daniel Juarez, after a long hiatus, has come back to the Peninsula to begin a new career painting curbs.
Juarez’s art comes naturally. His father, Louie Juarez, is a well-known San Diego County artist.
Juarez talked about how he got involved illustrating curbs.
“Someone asked me to paint their curb a month ago,” he said. “Others saw it and asked me to do theirs. So far, I’ve done 20 around town – and all from word of mouth.”
Daniel has borrowed thematically from his dad. “One of the themes he is known for painting is sailboats,” he said, adding someone recently asked him to paint sailboats on their curb.
“It wasn’t very easy to do since my dad paints with watercolors, and I use spray paint,” pointed out Daniel Juarez. “Also, my dad is a more talented artist. But I was still happy to try and re-create his work.”
Somewhat surprisingly, Juarez noted that, during the past 20 years, there have been many “curb artists” in San Diego who have painted curbs.
But Juarez believes his curb art is a cut above.
“I do all mine free hand,” he said, noting, “Everyone else has used stencils.”
The curb artist takes special requests. “When someone asks me to paint something they have in mind, I never say no, and enjoy bringing their idea to life.”
Juarez lived in Point Loma years ago, and just moved back recently.
“I am so happy to be back in this community,” he said, adding he only charges “whatever someone can afford,” to paint their curbs, while adding he typically charges about $70 to $90.
“Thank you all for welcoming me back with open arms,” said Juarez regarding his Point Loma return.