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 as an art instructor at Sierra College.
Stan is a mixed-media artist and a member of the highly regarded Royal Chicano Airforce, an artists’ collective honoring social justice and the civil rights movement. Stan has completed murals at Southside Park, the Macy’s downtown parking lot, and the California State Health Services Offices. His collaborative mural “Flight”, honoring the RCAF is in the Golden 1 Center. He currently lives and works on twenty acres in the Colfax/Weimar area where he is developing an artists’ sanctuary and spiritual cultural center.