Judith Francisca Baca

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Date of Birth September 20, 1946
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California
Age 73 years old
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Judith Francisca Baca is an American Chicana artist, activist, and University of California, Los Angeles professor of Chicana/o Studies in the School of Social Sciences and a professor of World Arts and Cultures in the School of Art and Architecture. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the Venice, California-based Social and Public Art Resource Center, a community arts center, and is best known as the director of the mural project that created one of the largest murals in the world, the Great Wall of Los Angeles.

Born: Judith Francisca Baca, September 20, 1946, Los Angeles, California
Nationality: American
Education: California State University, Northridge
Known for: Murals
Movement: Chicano Moratorium, Chicano Movement
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About Judith Francisca Baca

Professor of fine arts at UCLA as well as an American artist and activist who directed the Great Wall of Los Angeles.

Before Fame

She was not allowed to speak Spanish at school, and since she did not speak English very well her teachers would have her paint in the corner instead of studying with the other students.

Achievement

She believed that in order to create world peace, the result must first be imagined. Therefore, she decided to begin painting the World Wall: A Vision of Future Without Fear, which showed the world with no violence. The project included work from artists all over the world.

Family Life

Her father was Valentino Marcel, a man she never met. She was raised by her mother, Ortencia along with her half-brother Gary and her half-sister Diane. She had two aunts named Rita and Delia. Her grandmother's name is Francisca. Her stepfather was named Clarence Ferrari.

Associations

She was influenced and inspired by Diego Rivera's murals, and traveled to see them while attending a workshop in Mexico.

Information related to Judy Baca

  • Baca Family of New Mexico - The progenitors of the Baca family of New Mexico were Cristóbal Baca and his wife Ana Ortiz. Cristóbal was a military captain from Mexico City who arrived in 1600 with his family in order to help reinforce the Spanish colonial Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico province in the Viceroyalty of New Spain.
  • California State University, Monterey Bay faculty
  • Chicana feminists
  • Hispanic and Latino American women in the arts
  • Chicano
  • Activists for Hispanic and Latino American civil rights
  • Women muralists
  • California State University, Northridge alumni
  • University of California, Irvine faculty
  • American muralists
  • Artists from Los Angeles
  • American women activists
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Latest information about Judith Francisca Baca updated on September 17, 2020.

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