This weekend, June 8 and 9, Rinaldo Hopf’s mural "Stonewall Riots 1969” will be presented at Los Angeles Pride at West Hollywood Park and presented by Tom of Finland Foundation.
On display in Erotic City within the Pride festival, will be a full-size mural Hopf created this year as part of series dedicated to the Stonewall riots in 1969. Though raised in West Germany, Hopf had his coming out in the mid-70s in San Francisco and has always had a strong bond with the gay movement in America.
Too young at the time of the riots, the artist has now gathered as much information as he could, and utilized the few photos of the events that are available. He also researched fashion and police uniforms of the period. Friends and family modeled for the large paintings, portraying the mix of people present at the New York uprising.
The original painting was done with watercolor, acrylics and ink on vintage newsprint of The Advocate magazine from the late 60s and early 70s and all figures are life-size.