It's my main
objective as an artist and communicator to express my point of view and articulate
visually our cultural realities and social concerns. My paintings are barrio
scenes that are reminders or memories of familiar places. The symbolism depicts
some of our cultural beliefs, and also the condition and struggles of a people
steeped in the culture of poverty—surviving in an affluent United States.
Labor Day Celebration
This painting is about devotion to our country, to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Although far from the American dream, the image of the pledging brown hand
symbolizes our allegiance and contribution in building America.
Victory at the Temple
Victory at the Temple was inspired by the work of pastor Freddie García,
a former drug addict. Pastor García is founder of the Victory Temple Church
in San Antonio, Texas and has dedicated his life to helping drug addicts overcome
their problems. His message is simple: "Give your life to Christ."
My objective in this painting as to be direct and communicate the message.
As the image of Jesus Christ appears above the head of a tormented figure,
the "wild beast" in him quietly raises his arms, surrendering his soul to
the almighty Jesus Christ. This image represents many of our Chicano youth
lost in today's drug jungle.
The most important icon of the Chicano culture, Our Lady of Guadalupe. Nuestra
Señora is the symbol of justice and hope for the poor and the oppressed.
My objective was to show her image and the mystery of her appearance in our
insecure world filled with danger and violence.