Gaspar Enriquez

    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.

    Artist’s Statement:

    “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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