Category: About the Cover Artist


Provided By An Arte Gallery David’s artwork revolves around the idea of integration merging various styles and mediums into one composition in order to create extraordinary depth and a unified, harmonious type of artwork. Being a ceramic major has lent itself to his paintings by giving them a sculptural feel even incorporating at times dimensional elements into the work. He was a feature artist at the McNay Museum of Art for their 60th anniversary show. David was one of six, each of who was giving a full gallery space in the contemporary wing. The art- work has been shown at many other venues throughout the San Antonio gallery scene from Blue Star to Parchman Stremmel, Aviart to Anarte, and many many more. Pieces have been collected by Arizona State University, UTSA and several major private collectors. His artwork is published in several Art textbooks such as “Criticizing Art” by: Terry Barrett, “Triumph of our Communities: 4 Decades of Mexican American Art” by: the Chicano Press / ASU, “Chicano Art for Our Millennium” by: the Chicano Press / ASU, and others.”The coupling of styles from meticulous detail to freewheeling spontaneity typifies the notion of how we are a reflection of one another and can co- exist in the same realm.” – David A. Garcia 7959 Broadway # 202 San Antonio, Texas 78209 Gallery hours: Monday – Wednesday: 11:00-6:00 pm Thursday...

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Jesus Barraza: Artist, Activist, and Teacher

By Dr. Ricardo Romo Jesus Barraza is a San Francisco Bay area artist, teacher, and community activist. He is the co-founder, with Melanie Cervantes, of Dignidad Rebelde, a community arts organization that produces art prints and teaches young people the art of printmaking. Over the past ten years, Barraza has worked with Cervantes  to create political posters and multimedia videos.  Early in his career Barraza was  inspired by the works of  famed Mexican graphic artist, Jose Gaudalupe Posada, and today  creates art in the spirit of  California artist Juan R. Fuentes, whose artwork has been a pivotal part of social movements. Barraza  has taught Ethnic Studies and Art and Social Movements classes at California State University at Hayward and at San Francisco State University. He is currently a Lecturer in the Ethnic Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Barraza describes his art as “grounded in Third World and indigenous movements that build peoples’ power to transform the conditions of fragmentation, displacement and loss of culture that results from this history.”  Barraza works  closely with numerous community organizations in the  San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area  to create prints that visualize, in his views,   the struggles for immigration rights, housing, education, and international solidarity. Over the past twenty years Barraza has also assisted dozens of community organizations committed to social and environmental justice by designing and printing posters and prints about their cause. ...

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A KingsvilleTribute to Latina Artist Marta Sanchez

By Dr. Ricardo Romo It is fitting that the Texas A&M Kingsville Department of Art, Communication and Theater recently exhibited Marta Sanchez’ colorful renditions of trains and rail yards, a reflection inspired by her San Antonio neighborhood and familial memories. Sanchez is a highly accomplished Latina artist whose art was partly shaped and highly stimulated by the pioneering works of earlier graduates of the Kingsville campus: Carmen Lomas Garza, Santa Barraza, Amado Pena, and Cesar Martinez. These artists received their training on the Kingsville campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s. These artists have emerged as among the most celebrated Latino artists in America. Born and raised in San Antonio, Sanchez attended Fox Tech High School and earned a Fine Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982. Sanchez’ years at Austin were key to her development as a Chicana artist. On the UT campus Sanchez met Santa Barraza, a talented young artist and graduate student in the University’s Master’s in Fine Arts program. Through Barraza she met Carmen Lomas Garza, Cesar Martinez, and Amado Pena—central figures in the development of Chicano art in Texas. To find her own voice as an artist, Sanchez gained inspiration from Austin’s many exhibitions, plays, and jazz sessions. The Texas capital city also saw the emergence of local artists Raul Valdez, Luis Guerra, and Jesus Trevino during the 1980s....

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Alejandro Macias

Provided by Presa House Gallery Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, along the U.S./ Mexico border, Alejandro Macias received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2008, and a Master of Fine Arts in 2-D Studio Art from the University of Texas – Pan American in 2012. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Since 2016 he has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including notable and prestigious residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Chateau d’Orquevaux in Orquevaux, France, The Studios at MASS MoCA, and most recently Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY (2021). He has forthcoming exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Rockport Center for the Arts, Centro de Artes in San Antonio, and the Tucson Museum of Art. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Arizona School of Art in Tucson, AZ. Website: Instagram: Twitter: @alexmaciasart Artist Statement “My most recent work brings to light a number of topics that not only reflect my own humanity as a Mexican-American, but a wider range of borderland and Latinx issues. I draw my inspiration from many Chicana/o artists that have addressed and propelled issues of identity, repression, civil rights, immigration, and cultural misconceptions to a broader audience. Coming from Brownsville, TX, along the U.S./Mexico border, I...

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Rudy Treviño

Provided by Centro de Artes Gallery Rudy Treviño hails from the border town of Eagle Pass, and moved to San Antonio at age 14 where he graduated from Fox Technical High School several years after Almazán and Esquivel. The budding artist then studied with noted painter Mel Casas (1929-2014) at San Antonio College where he earned his Associate of Arts degree. Treviño later pursued higher education at the University of Texas, Austin, receiving his BFA in 1973, and at the University of Texas, San Antonio, where he earned his MFA in 1976, the first student to do so. Treviño worked at San Antonio’s Sidney Lanier High School as an art teacher for twenty-three years, where he supervised an extensive mural program within the high school in the late 1970s. Treviño began showing his work as early as 1964 and was published in one of the first surveys of Mexican-American art, Jacinto Quirarte’s 1973 Mexican American Artists. Three years later, the artist participated in the 1976 touring exhibition “Raíces antiguas, visiones nuevas = Ancient Roots, New Visions” produced by Washington, D.C.’s Fondo del Sol, a show that traveled to ten locations and was touted as the “first major exhibition of works by contemporary artists of Hispanic descent from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.” He also received important early recognition when his work was included in the ground-breaking 1990...

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Analy Diego

AnArte Gallery Presents HOPE | STRENGTH | POWER | LOVE An exhibition by Analy Diego Provided by AnArte Gallery Last week community members gathered to celebrate the latest collection of art by Analy Diego called HOPE | STRENGTH | POWER | LOVE. The collection explores the themes in the title through color. Portions of the proceeds from the opening benefit local art education organization, Say Si. The artist describes the exhibition as an, “An explanation of color interaction, color symbolism, and emotional effect of colors on viewers; how much can color interaction affect our perception of a piece of art?” Her portfolio includes sharp vector illustration color explorations  with familiar icons like the Tower of Americas at Hemisfair park, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Princess Diana and Frida. A Texas native, Analy Diego was introduced into the art world at a young age by her grandfather, a skilled caricaturist. She started painting with watercolor and oils at the age of six, and continues doing so until this day. Analy received a B.S. in Interior Design, graduating with Magna cum laude honors, as well as a Masters in Architecture from The University of Texas at San Antonio. While in school, she developed an acute attention to form and space associated with architecture. This refined her visual and analytical skills, thus strengthening her focus on the ties between art and design. As...

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Omar González

Presa House presents UTSA MFA Thesis Exhibition Omar González: Homebound Courtesy of Presa House Gallery Gallery photos by Jenelle Esparza Read in by R. Eguia Omar González (b. 1986) was born and raised in Kingsville, Texas, where he attended Texas A&M University – Kingsville and received his Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences in 2008 and his Master’s of Business Administration in 2009. Gonzalez later returned to obtain his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 2014 with a concentration in printmaking. González is a sixth-generation Tejano, with strong family ties in Mexico, which allows him to navigate the inter generational exchanges between family members both inherited and lost. His current body of work focuses on the exploration of identity by questioning the beliefs and expectations passed down through generations. González examines the transmission of multi generational patterns, rigid gender roles, and the power structure within the framework of the household. The exhibition is bittersweet for González who had been looking forward to the bustling audiences and energy that come with traditional First Friday Gallery Shows at Presa House. He walked audiences through a virtual tour on instagram last week and answered many questions in the Q and A that followed on the gallery’s Instagram live stream. He said the session was like going through UTSA’s MFA review process all over again. The review process took place virtually and some other...

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Kathy Sosa

Provided by AnArte Gallery Kathy Sosa reinvented herself when she stepped off the fast track of the advertising world and moved, with her husband Lionel Sosa, to a small town south of San Antonio, Texas. The couple re-created a classic Texas farmhouse and turned an existing workshop on the property into a painting studio for Lionel, where artistic friends and family regularly joined in for artistic practice and study. Tired of merely watching the group paint, Kathy picked up a paintbrush for the first time at age 45. Soon after, she began studying with renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. In 2006 she began experimenting with a form of mixed media portraiture, which combined her oil portraits with textiles and wallpapers from her extensive collection. In 2006, she was commissioned by the Texas Conference for Women to do a portrait of keynote speaker Martha Stewart, to whom the artist personally presented the work. In 2007 Sosa began to explore the artistic expression of mestisaje, the blending of peoples, races, ethnicities, languages, ideas, habits and cultures that characterizes the Texas-Mexico border region that has been her home since childhood. She received national recognition for the result of that passion, the traveling exhibition “Huipiles: a Celebration,” which debuted at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. as part of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s 2007 summer season “Mexico...

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Chuck Ramirez

Cover art courtesy of Ruiz Healy Art, San Antonio, Texas. © Estate of Chuck Ramirez. Cover Art Title: Turquoise, 2000, Photograph pigment ink print, 46 x 34 in, Edition of 6 from the Chuck Ramirez, Quarantine Series Bio By Victor Zamudio Taylor An excerpt from Políticas de la diferencia: Arte Iberoamericano fin de siglo, Consortium of Museums of the Valencian Community, 2001. Chuck Ramirez deals with the confluence of personal and social experiences through use of the grid and seriality. As an artist informed by the “objectness” of the image and issues germane to simulation, much of Ramirez’ work employs an icon that is repeated and arranged serially. Like other native Tejano artists—Texans of Mexican-American origins—such as fellow San Antonio artists Jesse Amado and Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Ramirez’ work may be inscribed in the tradition that Donald Judd forged when he moved to Marfa. Combining the lexicon of Minimalism with images drawn from Tejano and queer vernacular cultures, works such as Quarantine address key issues of contemporary experience. Revisiting the Dutch vanitas genre, Ramirez arranges a series of images of floral displays in a grid. These large-scale digital prints of hospital floral arrangements reference the pain and grief of loss associated with terminal illness. Also recalling the works of Bernd and Hilla Becher, the depicted typology is objectified, purged of context by editing out narrative cues and background settings. Depleted...

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Omar Rodríguez

Provided by Dr. Ricardo Romo Born in San Juan, Texas in 1958, Rodríguez, a corporate and military nomad has lived and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, India, Africa, Mexico, and Latin America. Rodríguez returned to his South Texas roots in 1989. Rodríguez has no formal art training and has been painting since 2001. Rodríguez works are reflections of his journey on earth, mortality, peace, imperfection, spiritual beliefs, joys and sorrows. His heart is exposed for all to see. Rodríguez’s technique is a multi-layered use of color and frantically scraping through layers of paint with forks, knives, sharp glass and other objects to eventually find its “soul”. Rodríguez is collected internationally, with his works in private, corporate, and academic collections. Rodríguez portraiture work was featured in the 2006 Ford and Smithsonian exhibition of Retratos: 2000 Years of Latin American Portrait at the San Antonio Museum of Art.  His work has been exhibited in a number of local and regional galleries. Twenty of Rodríguez’s large-scale abstracts are currently part of the University of Texas System San Antonio permanent collection. During the day, Rodríguez, a former senior executive at a Fortune 500company, provides health care consultative services to large businesses. In the desperation of the night, he paints.  Rodríguez is married to legendary designer Verónica Prida and father to sons, Jacob and Octavio(+).  Rodríguez and Prida split their time between...

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De La O

Juan Espinoza y su esposa Kathy Personas de profunda fe Sobres alieron en la gastronomía, ahora ayudan a sus inquilinos Por José I. Franco Los estimados esposos Kathy y Juan Espinoza, en su vida de casados por 37 años, han vividos infinidad de buenas y malas experiencias, todo con la finalidad de seguir adelante ayudando al prójimo y a su familia. Su fe les ha llevado a mantenerse adelante en su vida personal, familiar y en los negocios, ello tras haber sido intervenidos quirúrgicamente de inesperadas enfermedades. Desde hace cuatro años se jubilaron en sus actividades dentro de la rama gastronómica, cediendo en renta sus dos locales, ubicados en “Government Hill Historical District” del sector militar Fort Sam Houston, en North New Braunfels Avenue, donde se localizan sus propiedades que anteriormente llevaron la razón social de “Johnny’s Mexican Restaurant” y “Johnny’s  Seafood Restaurant”. Ahora respectivamente con la razón social “Taquería Mi Chapala Jalisco” (1808 North New Braunfels Ave.), y “Ma’Harpens BBQ Restaurant” en el 1816 No. New Braunfels Ave. Que es un edificio histórico fincado en el año de 1924. Juan Espinoza, tras su recuperación a pesar de seguir cumpliendo con su habitual programa de actividades personales y de medicamentos, ha tenido a bien seguir ayudando al prójimo, recientemente sufrió la irreparable perdido de su buen amigo Manuel De La Rosa (cofundador y presidente de Liga de Fútbol Latina...

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There is one in Every crowd (Peeps), 2006. By Chuck Ramirez 

Bio provided by Ruby City  Using typography and digital imaging technology, Chuck Ramirez isolated and decontextualized familiar objects and texts to explore the human condition. Always personally relevant, Ramirez explored cultural identity, mortality and consumerism through his photographs and installations. Inspired by the way that Ramirez was able to transform everyday objects and separate materials from their situational contexts, our staff photographed their prized possessions in the artist’s style. Scale, color and texture were key components in both Ramirez’s work and our staff’s reinterpretations. Ruby City invites you to photograph your favorite items just like Ramirez. Make sure to tag us by using #ChuckRamirezChallenge! Photo Caption: Watch Tia Chuck, a short documentary about Ruby City artist Chuck Ramirez. About Ruby City Ruby City is a contemporary art center in San Antonio, TX, dedicated to providing a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists. Envisioned in 2007 by the late collector, philanthropist and artist Linda Pace, Ruby City presents works from Pace’s own collection of more than 900 paintings, sculptures, installations and video works. The new building, designed by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE is part of a campus, which also includes Chris Park, a one-acre public green space named in memory of Pace’s son, and Studio, an auxiliary exhibition space which presents curated shows and programming throughout the...

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