live in two worlds, creating art to support a family and creating art to give
support to my community, the Latino community.
In 1966, while in the army, I painted my first mural. The mural displayed
Alta California and its Mexican pioneers. My second was a mural of George
Washington on his horse. At night, I painted the Virgin of Guadalupe on helmets
for the Latino soldiers going to Vietnam. On weekends, I painted movie stars
on butcher paper for the Anglo officers also going to Vietnam.
I still live in two worlds: one where I illustrate Steven Spielberg, another
where I paint Edward James Olmos; one where I illustrate John Paul Jones,
another where I paint Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Eugene Obregón:
one where I illustrate Steve Jobs, another where I paint César Chávez.
In my two worlds, one puts food on the table while the other offers a greater
nourishment to my life, where I can proudly create powerful images of Latinos—on
a quest for higher education, becoming professionals, and accomplishing great
things. In this world is where my satisfaction has always been as a Chicano