I had a long beautiful in depth conversation with Tony Esquivel’s son. Ton Esquivel passed away about five years ago, but his memory lives on through his work. Beacon Arts connected with Tony’s son to make this ofrenda. Tony talked to me about how his father made many of these paintings within the last fifteen years of his live. He made these paintings as a means of establishing his identity. For many years, his father struggled with who he was due to the oppression that the Catholicism can put upon people. This lead his offer to gravitate into the indigenous aspect of being Chicano. Here, he found peace. His is most prevalent with in his depictions. Tony’s son told me how they are slowly are revealing his fathers work to the public, and believe the sharing of his story would be the greatest thing. I also I enjoyed being able to see the amount of emotions in even the animals facial expressions in Tony’s work. His work is well informed, powerful, and must be showed and shared to the world. Tony is thoughts and powerful ideas live beyond his death and are now immortal through his work.
I just followed a crowd of people being lead of dia de los muertos folklorico dancers. I followed these dancers to the unknown. I slowly realized i was being lead into a performance room. I heard the tune of the iconic, political rallying song “It’s immigration time” by El Vez. El Vez is an iconic Mexican/ Chicano Elvis impersonator. That alters various classic rock ballads into songs describing the chicano experience. He was wearing a beautiful green, white and red mariachi suit with the Mexican eagle printed on his back. The people in the crowd consisted of various colors, ethnicity and cultures. This event was a magnificent experience celebrating what it means to be chicanx resisting the migra with diverse open minded family and friends.