Sergio O'Cadiz: El Artist

The Mexican maestro was a popular painter in Orange County for decades. Now, his family is fighting to keep his legacy alive

"I needed a decade to make peace with my father's passing, and this is the time," Pilar says. She stares at her father's self-portrait, the very one featured on our cover—stoic but proud, palette in hand, ready to paint the world, the flowing river within him signaling an inner peace and restless talent. "This energy—it was out there, dormant, but it's coming back."

Roman O'Cadiz with his mother, Maria del Pilar O'Cadiz, who holds a photo of her father, Sergio
John Gilhooley
Roman O'Cadiz with his mother, Maria del Pilar O'Cadiz, who holds a photo of her father, Sergio
O’Cadiz’s Laborer
John Gilhooley
O’Cadiz’s Laborer

This article appeared in print as "El Artist: Sergio O'Cadiz was once one of Orange County's most prominent painters. Now, his family is fighting to keep his legacy alive."

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