Featured Artists

Throughout the site, we feature artists that demonstrate the range of styles and approaches to artistic expression.

We highlight the art of Margaret Garcia. Click through the images on the left to see additional details of the paintings shown on the website. She claims, "I define Chicano art by creating it," which emphasizes the self-determination and inventiveness which informs our work.

Amalia Mesa-Bains, An Ofrenda for Dolores del Rio (1984, revised 1991). Mixed media installation including plywood, mirrors, fabric, framed photographs, found objects, dried flowers and glitter, 96 x 72 x 48 in. (243.8 x 182.9 x 121.9 cm). Smithsonian American Art Museum.

© 1991, Amalia Mesa-Bains.

Patrocinio Barela, Carved Door (1956). Carved wood, 73 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (186.7 x 90.2 x 4.4 cm). National Hispanic Cultural Center. Anonymous gift in honor of Virginia and Edward Lujan. Photo by Addison Doty.

Justin Favela, Gypsy Rose Piñata (2017). Found objects, cardboard, styrofoam, paper and glue. 5'x19.5' Photo: Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum.

César Martínez, Raices antiguas/visiones nuevas (Bato con sunglasses) (1979). Mechanical reproduction on paper mounted on paperboard. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, 1995.50.36

Manuel Moya, The New Earth in Aztlán (1986). Cotton handkerchief/paño with ink.

40.5 cm x 40 cm; 15 15/16 in x 15 3/4 in

National Museum of American History.