Groundswell Artist

Adan Palermo

Adan Palermo Rojas was born in Brooklyn and raised in Sunset Park. He attends Kingsborough Community College and is a Earth and Planetary science major studying geography, oceanography and biology and intends to pursue a career in environmental studies in the near future. His background is that of a self taught mural artist with half a dozen completed public artworks under his belt. Adan's experience in Groundswell Community Mural Projects since the age of 15 was key in developing his art skills, making him the first youth artist turned teaching artist within the organization. Adan is also a 2010 urban hero awardee. 


  • Project | 2016

    Maze of Awareness

    Leake and Watts and Groundswell partnered to inspire youth people in incarceration to gain awareness of their future options. The youth artists created a design centered on the visual metaphor of a...
  • Project | 2015

    Justice at the Crossroads

    In New York City, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in traffic crashes. Because every New Yorker deserves to feel safe as a pedestrian, th...
  • Project | 2015

    Our American Narrative Continues

    Created for public display at Ellis Island, Our American Narrative Continues is a six-part mural panel series celebrating the rich history of immigration to the United States.
  • Project | 2014

    Violence Destroys the Light of Today

    With the support of NYC Council Member Jumanne Williams through the Department of Cultural Affairs' Cultural Afterschool Adventures program, twelve PS/IS109 students worked with two Groundswell art...
  • Project | 2014

    Empowerment of the Unified World

    Inspired by the multicultural nature of Corona, this mural focuses on youth unity and how it might contribute to the future development of Corona. The team was particularly interested in how empowe...
  • Project | 2013

    Growing Gowanus

    Groundswell was commissioned by Whole Foods Market to create a series of murals for the exterior of its inaugural Brooklyn store, located at Third and 3rd in Gowanus.
  • Project | 2012

    Birds of Soluna

    Birds of Soluna is an extension to a previous Groundswell mosaic installed on the outer faade of BRCs Casa de los Vecinos transitional housing residence for individuals living with mental illness.
  • Project | 2012

    Plant the Seeds of a Healthy Community

    "Plant the Seeds of a Healthy Community” is one of five murals created in partnership with Unity Neighborhood Center. The painting is divided by a protective tree of Mother Nature.