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...
I was born in the small agricultural community of Yuba City, California on November 20, 1979. Since childhood, and as long as I can remember, art has always been an important part of my life. In high school, I participated in creating several murals as part of a beautification project for downtown Yuba City. This experience led me to understand the importance of utilizing art as a means of expression.
In 2002, I graduated with two bachelors degrees at California State University, Sacramento: one in Art Studio and the other in Ethnic Studies (with an emphasis on Chicano Studies). After graduation, I had the opportunity to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. At the Academy, I furthered my artistic...
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