We were saddened to hear this week of the passing of the great artist, Juanishi Orosco, co-founder of the Royal Chicano Air Force Art Collective and major pillar in the mural and Chicano art movement in California. Initially called the "Rebel Chicano Arts Front, it was meant to "foster the arts in the Chicano/Latino community, to educate young people in arts, history and culture, promote political awareness, and to promote support for César Chávez and the United Farm Workers in the heavily agricultural Sacramento-Davis area." 

As Galeria de la Raza notes, "Orosco is known for his vivid murals depicting his Mexican, Chicano and indigenous cultural roots. Orosco is also an arts educator providing outreach and training to hundreds of young artists throughout Northern California." 

Images from Cecelia Perez and Mike Stalter