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Emigdio Vasquez dies at 75; prominent O.C. Chicano artist
Emigdio Vasquez dies at 75; prominent O.C. Chicano artist

Emigdio Vasquez, a renowned Orange County Chicano muralist and painter whose pieces captured the reality and grittiness of everyday life, has died. He was 75. Vasquez died Saturday of pneumonia at an assisted living facility in Newport Beach, his daughter Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill said. He also had Alzheimer's disease. Known as Orange County's Godfather of Chicano Art, Vasquez created more than 400 paintings and 22 murals throughout the county. The "Legacy of Cesar Chavez" at Santa Ana College is one of his most well-known works. "My dad liked the gritty subjects, old people's skins and the grittiness of the city," his daughter said. In an artist...

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