René Yañez (September 19th, 1942 – May 29th, 2018)

Rene Yañez during MCCLA's Day of the Dead 2017

René Yañez, visual artist, co-founder of Galeria de la Raza, mentor of many artists, and great collaborator of Mission Cultural Center, passed away on Tuesday, May 29th at 75 years old.

He will be always remembered by the MCCLA Family not only for events like ROOM FOR THE DEAD in 1997 and many other participations but also as a friend, community activist with a creative and active mind, defender of spaces for the arts and a cultural institution in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Rest in peace artist Rene Yañez.