Gaspar Enriquez was born and grew up on the south side of El Paso, Texas. He lives in San Elizario, a small village near the border of the United States and Mexico, in a 250-year-old house built by his wife’s great-great grandfather. He has a fine arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s degree from New Mexico State University. He is an art instructor at Bowie High School in El Paso. In 1994, he received a Mid-America Arts Alliance Fellowship. His work was included in the ground-breaking CARA (Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation) show that traveled throughout the United States in the early 90s.
“As an American artist with an Hispanic background, my art is about the personal relationships and events that dominate my two-culture environment. My most recent work with airbrush painting and the depiction of ‘cholos,’ deals directly with my daily experience with the people I know: individuals who remind me of friends and people I grew up with. This body of work is a record of experiences, ideas and feelings about a subculture that has endured in the Mexican-American life since the World War II, a lifestyle that has been passed from generation to generation, survived wars, prisons and other elements: los pachucos (1940s and ’50s)’ los tirilones (’50s and ’60s); los cholos (’70s and 80s); and los gangsters (’90s up to now). Using that same style, I created the paintings for this book, An Elegy on the Death of César Chávez.”
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