Carmen Lomas Garza

Carmen Lomas Garza

by Constance Cortez


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Carmen Lomas Garza by Constance Cortez

Widely known for works that celebrate the traditions of her family and her South Texas Latino community, Carmen Lomas Garza has been active as a painter, printmaker, muralist, and children’s book illustrator since the 1970s. Born in Kingsville, Texas, she experienced institutionalized racism in a segregated school system that punished Mexican American students for speaking Spanish. Through her art, which draws on her childhood memories and depicts the relationship between family and community, Garza challenges the legacy of repression while establishing the folk art idiom, as employed by nonwhite and immigrant artists, as a vital element of American modernism.
Garza’s art illustrates how, despite racial inequities, cultural conflict, and urban pressures, the Mexican American community has sustained a rich and vital cultural identity. In this volume of the pathbreaking A Ver series, Constance Cortez explores Garza’s artwork in the context of the Chicano/a art movement, family and regional traditions, and Garza’s own political and social activism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895511256
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Series: A Ver Series
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Constance Cortez is associate professor in Chicano/a art history and post-Contact art of Mexico at Texas Tech University and the editor of Imágenes e Historias / Images and Histories: Chicana Altar-Inspired Art.

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Carmen Lomas Garza 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Jade34 More than 1 year ago
Constance Cortez is an amazing writer and Art Historian. This book won 1st Place in the 2011 International Latino Book Awards.