EASTVALE, Calif. — As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Eastvale unveiled a mural Wednesday night titled: “Past, Present, Future.” It will be on permeant display at Eastvale City Hall. It’s painted by an Eastvale resident Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill, daughter of famed Chicano artist, Emidgio Vasquez. The 14-foot long mural spanned her entire garage for nearly a year. She started painting last December.
“He is known as the Godfather of Chicano Art,” Tuthill explained.
Emigdio Vasquez captured everyday urban life in the barrios, or neighborhoods of Southern California, in a style described as "social realism.”
Tuthill recalled, “He liked the grit of someone’s life. The ware in their eyes and in their skin.” Vasquez is known for celebrating the Hispanic worker, giving voice to the struggles of the working class and migrant workers. Now his daughter is doing the same through her art including Hispanic workers in her mural.
Tuthill’s art career started in her late 40s. After her father died, she decided to complete his unfinished work. Two years ago she pitched the idea of an original piece, a mural of Eastvale to the city.
Her father has more than 30 murals throughout Southern California including one in Anaheim City Hall.
Chicano Art Icon’s Legacy Carried on in Eastvale
PUBLISHED 10:00 PM PDT Sep. 23, 2020