“I was inspired by my grandfather who would march in Cesar Chavez protests back in the day. I remember my grandpa looking at me and saying “Si Se Puede”. Since then I have imagined Cesar Chavez as a saint. A saint that my grandfather believed in and now so do I. My portrait of Cesar Chavez was made to create a picture in heaven, a Heaven where Chavez lives.”

Sergio Cristóbal Mata is a contemporary artist. He was born on January 8th 1992 in San Antonio, Tx. He is of Mexican American descent.

In 2017 one of Sergio’s paintings “Paint” went viral online gaining over 140k likes across Instagram, Facebook and Reddit combined.

In 2018 Sergio received a certificate from the New York Foundation For The Arts, mentoring with artist Ana Fernandez.

In 2019 Sergio’s art was featured in multiple San Antonio art institutions such as Centro De Artes and Artpace.

His newest art works are called “Digital Pop Portraits”, featuring portraits of celebrities like Princess Diana and Selena Quintanilla. For these new works, heaven and beauty are his artistic inspirations.

Artist’s Vision: I have a preference for portraits that show people who have changed the world for the better. I love the idea of “angels on earth”. I love beauty and kindness as well as strength. People with these qualities inspire me and my artwork. I want to open a window into heaven.

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