Cesar El Santo
Roberto Valdes Sanchez
Drawing - Conté Crayon
Cesar Estrada Chavez is one of my all-time heroes. Born on March 31st, 1927, he was a farm worker, labor leader, and a civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). His work led to numerous improvements for migrant workers across the U.S. Chavez has become a remarkable symbol - for Latinos, community activists, the labor movement, young people, and all who valued his values and commitment. In the process, he trained a generation of activists who would apply their skills in other communities and struggles. Cesar Chavez died on April 23, 1993, near his birthplace in Yuma, Arizona. He was 66 years old. His birthday on March 31 has subsequently become a holiday in a handful of U.S. states, and a number of parks, cultural centers, libraries, schools, and streets have been named in his honor in several cities across the United States. Today, Chavez is hailed as the most important Latino leader in U.S. history.
"Cesar el Santo" ("Cesar the Saint") is dedicated to Chavez's legacy. To me, Cesar was a wise and saint-like individual. My goal with this drawing was to convey these two ideas in his portrait. To accomplish this, I focused on the detail of his eyes and wrinkles on his face in order to capture his age, patience, and experience. I also wanted for viewers to connect with him by showing a warmness to his aged face. In the background, I placed a halo of light radiating around his head to give Cesar a saint-like quality.
July 17th, 2012
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