Edgar R. Ayala
Edgar is a Guatemala-born graphic artist and political activist who lives in Oakland, California. An immigrant from Guatemala, he settled in San Francisco in 1986. His first incursion as a graphic artist was when he joined the team at La Raza Graphics Center, in San Francisco’s iconic Mission District, in 1987. La Raza Graphics was a community based social justice organization at the forefront of the Latino/Latina organizing efforts using graphic media in the SF Bay Area.
For Edgar, "La Causa," "The Struggle," in the SF Mission District was no different to la lucha back home in Guatemala. He joined a trigging community of activists and artists from Central and South America, trying to make a living in the the U.S.A while struggling for social justice, locally and back in their countries of origin.
Linked to social justice causes in Guatemala and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America, Edgar R. Ayala's graphic work began to get noticed in the not for profit community. Thus, in 1995 he was hired by Vesper Society, an organization that was sponsoring series of "off-the-record" Guatemalan Peace Talks, to re-boot the stalled Guatemalan UN-sponsored, Geneva peace process for Guatemala. Ahead of the 1996 historical Guatemalan Peace Accords. These roundtables brought over 40 Guatemalan representatives from civil, labor, academy, church and government representatives, —including the infamous Guatemala General Rios Montt, found guilty of genocide on April 1, 2018, by a higher court in Guatemala.
In 1998 Edgar funded an independent graphic design studio that has since been producing graphics and digital materials—in English or bilingual—for non profit organizations and, small businesses. Pleas take a look at our portfolio.