Wayne Healy grew up in East Los Angeles. He was educated as a engineer but in 1972 he met artists from the Mexicano Art Center and soon shifted careers and became one of the leading Chicano muralists. In 1975, he co-founded East Los Streetscapers with his childhood friend David Botello. Proud of his Chicano and Irish heritage, Wayne organized the first exhibit of Chicano artists which traveled from Cork to Waterford and ended in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. Since then he has also showcased Irish artists like Micheal Costello in Los Angeles.