|César A. Martínez|
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.