For the last two weeks, local residents, friends and fans of artist Stan Natchez, have been dropping by to watch the huge mural located across from the city’s post office, unfold. The site has become a bit of a reunion for the renowned artist who grew up in San Fernando.
Through this massive and unique mural, Natchez, a 7th generation Native American Indian and member of the local Fernandeño Tataviam band of Mission Indians said he is expressing the “cross cultural influence and impact of the Spanish occupation of native land.” With the largest part of the mural nearly complete, viewers can see a large image of La Virgen de Guadalupe, native rock art that can be found in the San Fernando Valley, and Natchez’ “Guernica” at the top of the building. A California Bear and a postage stamp with the historic image of tribal leader Rogerio Rocha will also be included. With much of the work finished, Natchez and his notable team of artists will take a break to plan its final phase and will return to the city to complete the image of La Virgen de Guadalupe and extend the mural to the front of the building.
― Diana Martinez