Public Vigil for Artist Richard Duardo Set

By EGP & City News Service

Master art printer Richard Duardo, a pivotal figure in the Chicano art community in Los Angeles who was sometimes referred to as the “Warhol of the West,” will be remembered during a public prayer vigil Dec. 7 at 7p.m. in Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills’ Chapel on the Hills, the artist’s family announced.

Duardo died Nov. 11 at home in Los Angeles. He was 62.

The artist’s sister, Lisa Duardo, told the Los Angeles Times her brother had struggled for several years with diabetes.

A prominent figure in the downtown arts scene, he worked as a printer with numerous world-famous artists, including David Hockney, Keith Haring and Banksy, The Times reported. And his own creations — silk-screen portraits of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Che Guevara, Lauren Bacall and many others — were highly praised.

Social media sites were abuzz with comments praising the artist for his role in the Chicano art movement, and work with young Chicano artists, following word of Duardo’s passing.

“He helped so many artists much to his own financial insecurity. It’s the art that matters. RIP Richard Duardo,” wrote Steve Thompson on Duardo’s Facebook page.

“Richard had a fantastic eye” comedian and actor Cheech Marin, who has an extensive Chicano art collection, told The Times. “He would find artists in his travels, and he knew how to promote them. For me, he was a guide and mentor.” \

Duardo was born May 15, 1952, in Boyle Heights. He graduated from Franklin High School in Highland Park and studied art at Pasadena Community College and UCLA, where he got a master’s degree in fine art.

He will be cremated Monday, Nov. 24 during a private family ceremony, the family has announced.

In addition to his sister Lisa, Duardo is survived by sisters Sandra and Josefina, both of Covina, and Cleo Diane of Sedona, Arizona; brothers Oscar and Eric of Los Angeles, and Bruno of Covina; mother Josefina; and stepfather Arthur of Los Angeles, according to The Times.

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