Centro Cultural Aztlan is delighted to present Luis “Chispas” Guerrero, a well-known San Antonio artist who has taken the rich legends and icons of the Mexican American community and forged them into a unique high-volume body of work. Known as Luis “Chispas” because of his welding knowledge and work, he recently switched to a new medium, and we will be presenting his new paintings for the first time, along with some of his playful metal sculptures. His subject matter ranges from Robots and Alien (Galaxy) Passports, to paintings of classic vintage pedal cars.
Guerrero has exhibited widely throughout San Antonio and South Texas. In recent years, his work has become highly collectible as he was commissioned by the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to erect a large-scale sculpture on the campus ground. Guerrero’s work was also purchased for the permanent collection at Arizona State University by the Hispanic Research Center. He will be featured in the 3rd edition of the Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art (published by Bilingual Press).
Artist Statement: “My Art is about having a passion and mixing a certain creativity into it – transforming an idea into a Masterpiece. The pedal cars are memories of my childhood. We played with a used one that had broken pedals. We formed wonderful memories pushing one another up and down the street.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through June 29th, 2023. Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except for Holidays.
Centro Cultural Aztlan is a community-based organization with a mission to preserve, develop and promote Chicana/o, Latina/o art and culture. The center presents an array of cultural activities that encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our local heritage, and makes the arts more widely available to residents of all backgrounds, ages and interests.
For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-TH, 10:00am to 4:00pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.
Luis “Chispas’ Guerrero studio –2005-2007