It was the early days of the 1930s in California. The Mexican revolution had just ended, and immigrants, as well as in Europe, were eager to get their foot in the door of the United States and the dams flooded over with workers. Land was up for grabs and the fields were filled with cotton, sugar beets, lettuce and turnip patches even as the Great Depression hit the American Midwest.
During this time, artist and master sculptor, Arturo Ruano Singh, was born down in the Imperial Valley of Holtville, Imperial County. Singh studied in the ‘70s at City College.
Singh comes from a rich culture and historical roots. His father, a Sikh Punjabi Indian born in India, moved here in 1919 after serving time in the British Army to work in farm labor. His mother, was a Tepehuan Indian from Durango. She and her family were heavily involved in the Mexican Revolution, all active members of the Ville Forces.
All of this influences his work, says 81-year-old Singh.
“Because of my family’s ties with the revolution and the war, I tend to create a lot of my art using the past bloodshed and history of the people who fought for…» Read More