my various lectures, slide presentations, and teaching plans as well as my
art, I try to offer a window into the picture of a people who have struggled
fiercely to maintain their cultural identity and why they have refused to
accept the mainstream as their ideal.
The styles and techniques of my artwork are a representation of the enormous
separation between the Chicano and the European. For the most part, the works
of myself and other Chicano/Indio artistas are not what the so-called "experts"
call classic, or even technically brilliant. They are, however, works rooted
in our concern for our people and culture, this giving the work a vibrant
fact that as a people we are tied into the earth by our indigenous heritage
and ironically by the great U.S. society’s penchant for offering us
menial farm worker occupation in our own occupied ancestral lands, leads me
to strive with my teaching and art to ultimately influence and give consequence
to our present educational system, whether inside or out.
(Ricardo Favela passed away July 15, 2007. Read remembrances from his friends and family here.)