Best Artist Who Deserves Our Prayers Orange County 2011 - Emigdio Vasquez
This man is one of the most famous painters to ever emerge from Orange County, a titan of the Chicano arts scene, someone whose murals depicting Orange County life stand everywhere from parks to libraries, city halls to colleges. But Vasquez is no longer here to bask in our rightful adulation; he now lives in Arizona due to health problems, and he probably will never return. Most of his children remain in Orange County, though, fighting never-ending battles to save their father's legacy from the ravages of the environment, ignorant city council members and time. May he return and continue painting one day. . . .