Yaqui artist, educator and social activist, Stan Padilla, honors his ancestors by bringing to life ancient stories, myths, and legends. Stan is a publisher and writer of Native American stories for children, and has also authored books on spirituality and folklore. As an educator, he has been a longtime consultant in Native American education programs and an art instructor at Sierra College, community and cultural centers.
Stan is a multi-media artist whose disciplines include drawing, painting, and jewelry making. The Sierra Nevada Mountains are an inspiration for his artwork and life. He has exhibited his artwork and worked in education nationally and internationally for over 40 years. He is currently an Artistic/Cultural Mentor for the United Auburn Indian Community Tribal School.
Stan has traveled extensively and has been a participant in cultural exchange programs in Russia, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. For many years he has worked to promote multi-cultural and cross-cultural exchange between people.
Stan Padilla is a multi-media heritage artist, educator and cultural activist of Yaqui Indian and Chicano heritage. He is one of the principal mural painters of the RCAF Art Collective. He began painting murals during the cultural revolution of the 1960s. His original intention to begin mural painting was to use it as a vehicle to tell the story of cultural identity and territorial integrity with the emphasis upon cultural reclamation of heritage symbols, myths, legends, color, and language. His current work focuses on cultural and spiritual transformation.
His work is represented in the Sacramento region with murals in the Southside Amphitheater, Macy's parking structure "Metamorphosis" mural, Dept. of Health "Eartharium" rotunda mural. He recently completed a mural, with his compadres of the RCAF, at the Golden One Arena. This mural is entitled "Flight" and is a three-storied vertical panorama, high relief triptych painting, portraying the Meso-American myth of the evolutionary journey of the passing of the fifth historical era (our times) to the coming Sexto Sol (next evolutionary era of time). In addition, he has painted, consulted, inspired, conspired on murals in cultural exchange in the Soviet Union, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Brazil.
He maintains an active studio and heritage arts compound/stronghold in rural Placer County. For the last decade he has been an Artistic/Cultural Mentor for the students of the United Auburn Indian Community Tribal School in Auburn, CA. He is a well known humanitarian, a friend to many diverse communities and a spiritual advisor to the youth of those communities.