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El Hombre De Oro
Roberto Valdes Sanchez
Painting - Gouache Paint
This painting was inspired by a famous photograph taken in March of 1966. It shows civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez leading a group of strikers on a historic 250-mile march from Delano to the California state capitol in Sacramento, in order to draw national attention to the plight of the farmworkers. The pilgrimage began on March 17 and ended on April 11, 1966 - Easter Sunday.
In "El Hombre de Oro" ("The Man of Gold"), I used various shades of reds throughout the painting to symbolize the power created when the people are united for "La Causa". Red is also the primary color that is used in the United Farm Workers (UFW) flag. Standing out from the crowd, painted in various shades of gold, is Cesar Chavez. He was the guiding light, the driving force, the spark of the farmworker and the Chicano movement. Chavez is, and always will be, the "man of gold"!
July 17th, 2012
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