Gaspar Enriquez


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b. 1942, El Paso, TX

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.


Papel Chicano Dos - Works On Paper (Cheech Marin Collection)

Museum Of Contemporary Art

El Paso Museum Of Art

Los Tejanos – Chicano Art (Cheech Marin Collection)

Art Museum of South Texas

Los Latinos De Tejas

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center For The Arts

The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today

Smithsonian, Portrait Gallery

Art Museum Of South Texas


Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center For The Visual Arts

Metaphors Of El Barrio: Retrospective

El Paso Museum Of Art


Longview Museum Of Fine Art

Interlopers "Works On Paper"

Evoke Contemporary

Infinite Mirror: Images Of American Identity

International Arts & Artists Tour

New Works

Galeria Ortiz Contemporary

Papel Chicano

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (Mesa Arts Center)

Looking West

The Art Museum Of South Texas

Sister Cities

El Paso Museum Of Art

Una Pagina Mas

The Gallery At The University Of Texas At Arlington

Tucson Museum Of Art

Patricia Correia Gallery

Mis Homies

The Ice House Cultural Center

Arte Caliente (Joe Diaz Collection)

San Jose Museum Of Art

Colecciones: Mexican Art From 50 Private Chicago Collections

National Museum Of Mexican Art

De Puro Corazon

Adair Margo Gallery

Art Windows-El Paso International Airport-City Of El Paso Arts & Culture Department

Senior Consultant

Art Museum Of South Texas

Chicano State Of Mind

Parchman Stremmel Galleries

Chicano Visions (Cheech Marin Collection)

San Antonio Museum Of Art

Hecho En Tejas

Amarillo Museum Of Art

Una Pagina Mas

The Adair Margo Gallery

Tres Proyectos Latinos

Laguna Gloria

Senior Consultant

Blue Star Art Space

Border Check / Border Reality (Juntos)

South Broadway Cultural Center

Pisanos Gallery

Figurative Foundations

Martin-Rathburn Gallery

Celebrates Texas Art

Assistance League Of Houston

Sculpture Project

The College Of Santa Fe

La Rosa Dolorosa Exhibit

El Paso Museum Of Art

Expansive Visions


Hispanic Perspective

Patricia Stewart Gallery

Chicano Art / Resistance And Affirmation, 1965-1985

Wight Art Gallery, University Of California, Los Angeles

The Denver Art Museum

The Albuquerque Art Museum

San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

Fresno Art Museum

Tucson Museum Of Art

National Museum Of American Art, Washington D.C.

El Paso Museum Of Art

The Bronx Museum

San Antonio Museum Of Art

48th Annual Competition

Museum Of Abilene


Plains Art Museum

Moorhead, Minnesota

University Art Museum

Northrup Memorial Auditorium

University Of Minnesota

Igual Pero Diferente

Mexican Cultural Institute

Jensen-Perez Gallery

Capirotada: Eight El Paso Artist

El Paso Museum Of Art

Southwestern International Roundup

El Paso Museum Of Art

Bridge Center For Contemporary Art

Austin Contemporary Art Exhibition

Laguna Gloria


Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art

de Young Museum

Tucson Museum Of Art

New Mexico State University

El Paso Museum Of Art

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

Texas State University’s Hispanic Writer’s Collection

Albuquerque Museum Of Art

Gaspar Enriquez • Visual Artists • Chicano

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