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    • gaspar Enriquez

      Gaspar Enríquez
      b. 1942, El Paso, TX

  • In this body of work the images are metaphors for pages in a visual novel portraying a subculture that has endured in the Mexican American community since the second world war. One is born a Mexican American, but one chooses to be a chicano. Politically charged, the chicano life style has been passed from one generation to another. It has survived wars, prisons, and strife.

    The images reflect a life style and an attitude dominant in the barrios. This style is identified by the style of dress, mannerism, and language. Many chicanos use a slang called calo to communicate and, when it was allowed, many developed their own sign language to communicate with loved ones incarcerated in the county jail. Standing in the streets below the jail, women would sign to their boyfriends held in cells on the upper floors. This activity no longer takes place since the windows of the jail have been covered.

    The work deals with individuals whose lives have been a part of my environment. They are individuals who remind me of friends and acquaintances I grew up with.

    The work is not a crusade to change lives nor is it an effort to pass judgement. It is up to the viewer to judge and interpret. These images invites the viewer to come into contact with some of those who populate the chicano world.

    As long as there is poverty en el barrio ( in the neighborhood ) this life style will endure my generation and generations to come. An identity is important to all of us. This life style reflects the avenue some individuals take, searching for an identity and self esteem.

  • REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS



    UTEP MAGAZINE

    Volume 7, Issue 3
    2015

    EL PASO INC.

    Interview
    June 8, 2014

    METAPHORS OF EL BARRIO | GASPAR ENRIQUEZ

    El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Texas
    2014

    PAPEL CHICANO: WORKS ON PAPER FROM THE COLLECTION OF CHEECH MARIN

    Publisher, La Mano Press
    Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, Arizona
    2007

    THE SHORTHORN

    The University of Texas at Arlington
    March 23, 2007

    ARTE CALIENTE! SELECTIONS FROM THE JOE A. DIAZ COLLECTION

    Publisher, South Texas Institute for the Arts
    2004

    COLECCIONES MEXICAN ART FROM 50 PRIVATE CHICAGO COLLECTIONS

    Catalogue
    2004

    CHICANO VISIONS-AMERICAN PAINTERS ON THE VERGE

    Bullfinch Press
    2002

    CONTEMPORARY CHICANA AND CHICANO ART: ARTISTS, WORK CULTURE, AND EDUCATION

    Bilingual Press
    2002

    ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF CÉSAR CHAVEZ

    By Rodolfo Anaya, Illustrations by Gaspar Enriquez
    2000

    12 ARTISTS: 12 WINDOWS

    THE FORM, Fargo North Dakota
    By Catherine Zalser
    1992

    IGUAL PERO DIFERENTE

    The San Antonio Light
    By Marica Goren Weser
    Thursday, March 26, 1992

    LECTURES



    THE GALLERY AT UTA

    The University of Texas at Arlington
    MARCH 22, 2007

    GALLERY TALK RELATING TO CHICANO ART/RESISTANCE & AFFIRMATION

    National Museum of Art, Washington D.C.
    1992

    APPOINTMENT'S



    ARIZONA COMMISSION ON THE ARTS

    Panelist
    2008

    MID-ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION

    Fellowship Advisory Panelist
    1999

    TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS

    Visual Arts Advisory Panelist
    1991-1992

    FELLOWSHIPS



    MID-AMERICARTS ALLIANCE

    1994

    COLLECTIONS



    SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

    Washington, D.C.
    Portrait of Rodolfo Anaya
    Portrait of Luis Jimenez

    CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

    Bentonville, Arkansas
    de YOUNG MUSEUM
    San Francisco, California

    TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART

    Tucson, Arizona

    NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

    Las Cruces, New Mexico

    EL PASO MUSEUM OF ART

    El Paso, Texas

    LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON LIBRARY

    Austin, Texas

    TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY’S HISPANIC WRITER’S COLLECTION

    San Marcos, Texas

    CITY OF SAN ANTONIO CONVENTION CENTER

    San Antonio, Texas

    ALBURQUERQUE MUSEUM OF ART

    Alburquerque, New Mexico

    AWARD



    FATHER RAHM

    SEGUNDO BARRIO PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD
    2016

    DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI

    UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO
    2015

    MCDONALD’S HISPANOS TRIUNFADORES-ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    2003

    SIQUEIROS-POLLOCK AWARD

    1996

    EDUCATION



    Master of Arts (Metals)

    New Mexico State University
    1985

    Bachelor of Arts

    University of Texas at El Paso
    1970

    East Los Angeles Junior College

    1962-64