This exhibition from major Chicano art collector Cheech Marin, Papel Chicano Dos features 65 works on paper by 24 established and evolving artists. Watercolors, pastels, aquatints, and mixed-media artworks signify the evolution of a collection as they also reimagine the ideas and struggles of the Chicano movement. Diverse, colorful, and iconic, the artworks in Papel Chicano Dos showcase practices ranging from the realism of Texas artists Gaspar Enriquez and Vincent Valdez to the expressionism of Californians Sonya Fe and Frank Romero. Prominent Chicano artists Diane Gamboa, Leo Limón, and Glugio “Gronk” Nicondra, and artists selected by Marin for the exhibition such as Carlos Almaraz and Carlos Donjuan bring a multifaceted view of the Chicano experience as well as present social issues relevant to all communities. Utilizing unique and traditional practices of portraiture, and varied viewpoints incorporating urban culture and images from a range of historical sources, these artists move Chicano art from marginalized to mainstream.
Funding for Papel Chicano Dos is provided by lead sponsor CommUNITY en Acción. Thank you to CEA and Castro Enterprises, Inc., Bravo Cadillac, Hunt Companies, The Hospitals of Providence, Sierra Machinery, and WestStar Bank for your generous support.
“CommUNITY en Acción is comprised of community business and civic leaders who strive to make a positive change for our community by promoting the culture, education, and economic well-being of all our Latino Community. Once again, we are proud to bring Mr. Marin’s collection to El Paso and be the lead sponsor for this exhibition.” - J. Xavier Bañales, Chair, CommUNITY en Acción
Additional support is provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Shiloff Family Foundation.
During actor and art collector Cheech Marin’s visit to El Paso, EPMA invited nine community members for a roundtable discussion with Marin: