'The Day the Music Died' is a Day of the Dead inspired portrait of Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano Rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted eight months, as it abruptly ended when he died in a plane crash, on February 3, 1959, on what has become known as "The Day the Music Died". The work is painted by renown artist Francisco Franco. This is a giclee (zhee-klay) print, an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity, high tech reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclees are produced from digital scans of existing artwork and are all done in house by the artist.
The prints are printed with ultra-chrome inks on archival canvas, sealed with ArchivaCoat Gloss, a water based liquid coating designed to enhance the durability and increase the lifespan of printed images. The canvas is then finished with a museum wrap; a finishing technique for artwork mounted on stretchers. The canvas fabric is wrapped and mounted onto wooden stretcher bars with no visible staples on the edge of the frame, leaving a clean professional look. No framing is necessary.The prints are all done in house at Francisco Franco Studios. All prints are personally signed by the artist.