Tlaloc by Ricardo Estrada

Tlaloc painting by Ricard Estrada - Photo taken by Sal Rojas at the Made in Los Angeles Art Show (March 8, 2014 Pomona, CA.)

Tlaloc (Nahuatl) was an important deity in Aztec religion; a god of rain, fertility, and water. He was a beneficent god who gave life and sustenance, but he was also feared for his ability to send hail, thunder, and lightning, and for being the lord of the powerful element of water.

Ricardo Estrada - Los Angeles 1978

A Native Angelino, Ricardo Estrada's work reflects the essence of his community. Estrada's work is a mixture of multiple philosophies that cross-generational gaps and portrays the complexity of the Mexican American identity.

Before acquiring his B.A. in studio arts from CSULA he was fortunate to study under Jim Ukekawa at East Los Angeles College. It was at E.L.A.C. where he had the opportunity to work closely with Raul Anguiano a Mexican muralist from Boyle Heights, California. Estrada's fascination with the syncretism that exists in the Mexican American culture continues to be evident in his work. Estrada continues to paint murals with various artists whom share his beliefs in beautifying and educating communities.

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