1920’s Chicago Exhibit Co. Postcard
Girl in “Egyptian Dress with a Crystal Ball.”
¡Si Se Puede!
Local artist, Robert Valadez has created his own version of the famous World War II poster “Rosie the Riveter” by giving it some Mexicana style. “It came from an idea of a friend of mine, Isabel Morales, who had seen the original ‘Rosie the Riveter’ poster from World War II. She thought about doing a Latina version,” said Valadez, who titled the artwork “Rosita Adelita.” Valadez chose to combine Rosie the Riveter with La Adelita, a fictional character from the Mexican Revolution because he says both are feminist archetypes that speak to the empowerment of women. The message Valadez wants to portray to the community through “Rosita Adelita” is Latina female empowerment and pride. “She is the everyday woman. She is you, my mom, my sister and represents every Latina that faces the challenges of everyday life,” Valadez said. It took three months for Valadez to complete the acrylic painting on canvas. He used red, white and green colors to symbolize the colors of the Mexican flag and gave the background a texture to add more visual interest.
The artwork will be on exhibition at a music and arts festival presented by Rockotitlán Chicago and Casa Aztlán on Sept. 12. The festival, whose mission is to expose local independently produced artists and promote diversity in the arts, will feature local music bands such as Tarima Son, Son del Viento and Benjamín Anaya and Los Extraños Unidos as well as work from local artists such as Víctor Montáñez and José Luis Piña. Posters of “Rosita Adelita” will be for sale at the Casa Aztlán event and online at robertvaladez.com.