EL Averno, a term of Greek and Roman origin that has come to
mean 'hell,' is the Centro Cultural de la Raza of Lima, Peru.
The building is located at 236 Jiron Quilca, within
the former "red-light" district in downtown Lima.
Founded in 1998 during the revolution against ex-President/Dictator
Fujimori, El Averno has proven
be an inspiration and has fostered genuine progress in an area
once viewed as hopeless.
After 40 years, Mario Torero went back to 300 Quilca Street,
the place where he was born and raised, although only the façade
of the building remained. Less than half a block away from
birth home, Torero discovered the only colorful murals in the
Centro de Lima.
had been looking for the crazy artist of Lima because if you
go to San Diego and ask for the crazy artist, you get me. There
a general consensus by informed locals that such a title belonged
to Herbert Rodriguez."
Torero made an appointment to visit Rodriguez at his 'studio,'
he found himself
back in front of those murals on Quilca Street, which, turned
out to be the place Herbert Rodriguez co-founded:
El Averno. Torero said, "fate seemed to have brought us together,
and of course, we immediately connected and subsequently agreed
to merge our organizations - AVERNO/FUERZA INTERNATIONAL -
for mutual development."
Oleata, Rudy "Jones" Sanchez, Solarman and
Mario Torero in front of their newly painted mural: "Cristo