Emigdio "Higgy" Vasquez will paint a large mural at Chapman University. Emigdio "Higgy" Vasquez will paint a large mural at Chapman University. It was 1979 and Emigdio "Higgy" Vasquez was 11. His father, Emigdio Vasquez, often called the godfather of Chicano art in Orange County, drove him to a mural he was painting in the working-class, largely Mexican American Cypress Street neighborhood close to where they lived; many residents worked at the fruit packing house down the street. Vasquez's mural, on the side of an apartment building garage, depicted the faces of Chicanos: Cesar Chavez, citrus farmers, rail workers, miners.