Villa, Esteban, 1930-

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Born August 3, 1930 in Tulare California, Esteban Villa is a nationally renowned Chicano artist and muralist. He is considered one of Sacramento's most respected artists. Villa is also known as one of the founding members of the Royal Chicano Air Force, an artists' cultural collective created amidst the Chicano movement's battle for social and political rights and recognition.

Villa describes himself as a muralist, printmaker, art educator and community activist. His work sometimes contains surrealist elements through his inclusion and references to such things as the flying jalapen o, flying burrito brothers and tortilla art.

Villa's teaching career began in 1962. He started teaching at the high school level and then took assignments at Washington State University, D-Q University, and University of California, Davis. He is currently Professor Emeritus at California State University Sacramento. He has served as an art consultant to many schools and organizations such as The Royal Chicano Air Force's (RCAF) Centro de Artistas Chicanos, and has done art programs in the prison system. Villa can also be found occasionally performing as a singer and guitarist. The Sacramento Bee once called Villa, "an extraordinary man: a mural artist, musician, teacher and community leader who is known for his barrio art."

From the description of Esteban Villa Papers, 1974-2000. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 56343317

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referencedIn Mexican American artists : slides of the work of Laura Aguilar, Judith Baca, Delilah Montoya, and the CARA exhibit, 1997. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Villa, Esteban. Esteban Villa Papers, 1974-2000. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn La Raza/Galeria Posada. La Raza's Quinceañero : 11 prints by Chicano artists, 1987. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF). Royal Chicano Air Force screen prints from the collection of Tere Romo, 1970-2002. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn José Montoya Papers, 1954-2009 University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
referencedIn Centro Cultural de la Raza Archives, 1970-1999 University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
referencedIn Chicano Visual Arts Kit University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
referencedIn Galería De La Raza Archives, 1969-2000 University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
referencedIn Self Help Graphics and Art Archives, Bulk, 1972-1992, 1960-2010 University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
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associatedWith La Raza/Galeria Posada. corporateBody
associatedWith Montoya, José - 1932 person
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associatedWith Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF) corporateBody
associatedWith Self Help Graphics and Art. corporateBody
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Mexican Americans--Politics and government--20th century
Mexican Americans
Mexican American artists
Mexican Americans--Social conditions--20th century
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Birth 1930-08-03

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