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    Batos y más: A 2011 exhibition of recent work by César Martínez

    Batos y más: A 2011 exhibition of recent work by César Martínez

    Presented by St. Philip's College, Kathryn Morgan Gallery at St. Philip's College

    September 16-October 14, 2011

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    Hispanic Heritage Month launches with a reception and gallery walk featuring Cesar A. Martinez, a highly regarded Chicano artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally. The McNay Art Museum featured a 25 year retrospective of Martinez’s work in 1999.

    About the ArtMaker:

    César Augusto Martínez is a product of the border culture of South Texas, including both the small town of the region such as Laredo and Kingsville and the major metropolitan area of San Antonio. Both of his parents were born in Northern Mexico and came to Texas as children with their families, in the years after the Mexican Revolution. César was born in Laredo, Texas in 1944. His father died before he was a year old and he was brought up by his mother, who held clerical and sales jobs, eventually working as a drugstore cashier until her retirement in the mid 1970s, and by his grandmother and his mother's two unmarried sisters.

    During his youth, Martínez was very influenced by bullfighting and crossed the border frequently as a teenager to go to the bullfights in Nuevo Laredo, and for a few years he trained to become a Matador. The depiction of the bull, the bullfight, and the image of the minotaur have been a constant element in Martínez's work, occasionally harkening back to the work of Goya and Picasso.

    Upon graduating from public high school in Laredo in 1962, he took courses for two years at Laredo Junior College and then transferred to Texas Arts and Industries University in Kingsville, where he graduated with an art major in 1968.

    Soon after graduation, Martínez was drafted into the army (summer of 1969), and served eventually with a medical battalion in Korea. In Asia he began to take up photography, which became one of his artistic activities after being discharged in 1971, returning to Texas, and settling in San Antonio, where he lives currently.

    Emerging Artist:

    During the period that César Martínez attended college, Texas A & I was in the process of educating a group of Chicana and Chicano artists including Amado Maurilio Peña (now primarily recognized as an American Indian artist), Carmen Lomas Garza, and Martínez himself who were to become among the most significant and recognized in the United States. During the period César Martínez took courses with Carmen Lomas Garza and Amado Peña as his classmates.

    In San Antonio, Martínez was one of the founders of the important Chicano periodical of the 1970s, Caracol, for which he served as photographer, designer, and occasional columnist. He also joined the groups, Con Safos, one of the first Chicano visual arts organizations, founded in San Antonio by the artists Mel Casas and Felipe Reyes; and Los Quemados, which he cofounded with Carmen Lomas Garza and Amado Peña.

    Currently, Martínez no longer does art photography but dedicates himself to painting and lithography.

    This region of Texas not only produced major artists but writers as well including Rolando Hinojosa, Estela Portillo Trambley, Tomás Rivera, and Carmen Tafolla, all of whom, to a greater or lesser degree, have depicted Chicano barrio and community life, and the social types that populate this environment.

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        St. Philip's College

        1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
        San Antonio, TX 78203

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        Info Phone: 210-486-7231

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        September 16-October 14, 2011


        1:00pm - 5:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

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