Ricardo Favela, 1944-2007
I write this letter with great sadness to inform you that our beloved teacher Ricardo Favela died on Sunday, July 15, 2007 in Dinuba, California of a heart attack. Favela was a great person, a great father and a great teacher and friend. Favela was a humble man that fought for civil rights with his artwork and community activism. Ricardo Favela was a founder of the Rebel Chicano Art Front aka the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF). The RCAF is a Chicano artist collective founded in Sacramento, California in 1969. Favela and the RCAF Supported the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) during the Civil Rights Movement. Ricardo was a faculty member at the California State University, Sacramento's Art Department were he taught printmaking and Barrio Art for over 10 years. Favela's students will miss him dearly and through the use of serigraphy, they will keep his vision of community empowerment alive.
His memory and legacy will live through his wife Clara Cid and their children Margarita, Florentina, Manuel and Rosita.
Here are the details of his funeral:
Internment will follow at the Smith Mountain Cemetary
A Memorial in Sacramento is currently being planned. Details to come soon.
Last night at the Rosario was like an installation exhibit of a man who gave his life to the arts and the arts were his life.
Posted 7/19/07; updated 2/9/09