Master art printer Richard Duardo, 62, a pivotal figure in the Chicano art community in Los Angeles, has died at home in Los Angeles. It was reported Monday .
The cause of death has not been determined, his sister, Lisa Duardo, told the Los Angeles Times, but he 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.
But it was his support for young artists, especially in the Chicano community, that brought forth dozens of online tributes after his death on Tuesday and a growing memorial of candles, photos and other objects outside his downtown print studio, according to The Times. “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.”
Marin worked on several projects with Duardo, including a nationwide tour of prints based on paintings that Marin owns, The Times reported.
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.
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.
—City News Service