Brent Eastman is starting his second year as the President of the California Rodeo and once again selected local artist John Cerney to paint a mural that developed into the 2019 commemorative poster. The President guides the annual poster process for these collector’s items that celebrate each year of the California Rodeo Salinas. The new poster features longtime California Rodeo Salinas bullfighter and now barrelman Andy Burelle tipping his hat in a welcoming gesture. Burelle said, “I am honored to be featured on this year’s poster. The California Rodeo Salinas committee feels like family to me because I have been coming here for almost 20 years to either compete as a bullfighter or to protect the other bullfighters.” The colorful image is also a larger-than-life mural that now lives on a barn behind the rodeo arena greeting guests year-round, lending a fun, western feel to the grounds.
John Cerney was born in Carmel and grew up in Salinas. He worked in the produce industry before studying art at the College of San Mateo and then California State University, Long Beach. He became self-employed as an artist in 1985 and is the owner of John Cerney Murals in Salinas. His work can best be described as ‘giant cut-out art,’ ordinarily viewed from the comfort of your automobile. He would often convince farmers to let him use their barns as canvases and that evolved into cut-out paintings. John started working in giant scale in 1995, realizing that in order for the viewer to ‘take in’ the figures from a quick moving car, they had to be more monumental in size. His projects are now located throughout the Midwest and Western United States and have been featured in numerous magazines, including National Geographic and Sunset.
The posters are available for purchase for $15 at the California Rodeo Salinas Office, 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm except for Fridays when the office is closed from 11:45am to 1:15pm for lunch.