By Jill Replogle – SCPR.org – Image Courtesy: Jessica Bocinski/Chapman University.
El Proletariado de Aztlán (The Proletariat of Aztlán, 1979) depicts protagonists of the social and cultural movements afoot during Emigdio Vásquez’s childhood in Orange County, Calif. The mural, restored in 2014, is located on two sides of a garage in Orange.
Vásquez, who died in 2014 at age 75, painted at least 30 murals on buildings, inside schools and restaurants and at parks in central Orange County. Many depict scenes of Latin American and Chicano history, from the Mexican Revolution to the farm workers’ movement, to the advent of low-riders and pachucos.