Born and raised in the border town of Rio Grande City, Xavier Garza showed budding artistic talent at an early age. Because his parents were migrant farm workers and were generally occupied, he was raised largely by his grandparents, who regaled him with stories of Mexico and its cultural icons. In later years he particularly remembered his childhood images of El Santo, Pedro Infante, and La Virgen de Guadalupe, images that would figure prominently in his artistic career. Garza was educated at the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg, where he received his B.F.A. in 1994. Upon graduation he began teaching art and other subjects, often to at-risk youth. At the same time he embarked on a career as an artist with two series of works: first Las Super Luchas and then Los Tesoros de Mis Abuelos.
About his work, Garza says, “From the flour tortillas filled with rice and beans that I ate as a boy to the songs by Pedro Infante that my grandmother sang to me as she rocked me to sleep, I paint what I know and have experienced in my life. Going to Mexican wrestling in Reynosa and having a firm belief in God while enduring the tedious rituals of being a Roman Catholic, by birth if not practice, are all elements that make up the images and inspirations for all of my work as an artist.”
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