Combining portraits of real-life locals with patterns and objects from the world's cultures, Crosswinds is the companion piece to Pearl street's Crossroads. For both murals, Galvez relied on the community for ideas, including images from local photographer Jeff Dunn. In Crosswinds, Galvez connects the different elements through clever composition. Poses and facial expressions guide the viewer's eye from one person to the next. For example, an elderly woman seems to smile at the young girl on her father's shoulder in the lower center of the mural. In Galvez's own words, "I love Central Square. You hear different accents wherever you go, smell different spices in the ethnic restaurants. There's a wonderful multi-cultural spirit here, and I'm trying to capture that."
Galvez, who makes his home in Oakland, California, studied painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts and San Francisco State University. His large-scale murals, inspired by traditional Mexican mural painting, grace exterior and interior spaces throughout the U.S. His best known works include the 63-foot Homage to Malcolm X (1997) in New York City and Guardians of the Past, Stewards of the Future (1999), a pair of murals for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.