César A. Martínez
Most of the subjects of my Bato/Pachuco series of paintings are characters, not actual persons. I make paintings of people, as opposed to portraits. These characters are frequently composites of people I have known or seenócharacters universal to the Chicano experience. One of my principal objectives is that my characters be instantly recognizable. "I know him!" is a frequent response. It is music to my ears when I hear that.