Esteban Villa

Artist, Person

1930 –


Who is Esteban Villa?

Esteban Villa is a nationally recognized artist and muralist. A professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, his teaching career began in 1962 at the high school level and includes assignments at Washington State University, D–Q University, University of California, Davis, and numerous lecture and slide presentations, art exhibits and mural projects at universities mainly in California and surrounding states. He has served as an art consultant to schools and organizations including Centro de Artistas Chicanos, and has done art programs in the prison system. He is a founding member of the Royal Chicano Air Force, a collective of artists, professors and students, which was formed amid the Chicano Movimiento's push for social and political rights.

Villa's work is frequently shown in Sacramento at the Crocker Art Museum, Galeria Posada, and Luna's Cafe. He can also be found performing as a singer and guitarist. The Sacramento Bee spoke of Villa as "an extraordinary man: a mural artist, musician, teacher and community leader who is known for his barrio art, which played a role in the Chicano movement of the late 1960s and 70s. The movement in many ways asserted the positive value of Mexican culture."

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Aug 3, 1930
Lived in
  • Sacramento

on July 23, 2013


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