|La Virgen de Guadalupe & Other Baggage.
Giclee print, 40" x 16½", 2005.
Original: Pastel on three sheets museum board,
31½" x 40", 1996.
|Rupert García, born in French
Camp, California, studied painting and received numerous student
honors from Stockton Junior College and San Francisco State
University, where he was influenced by photorealism. One of
the leading artists in the Chicano movement in the Bay area
of the late-1960s and early 1970s, García participated in the
formation of several seminal West Coast civil rights movement-oriented
workshops and collectives, including Galería de la Raza and
the San Francisco Poster Workshop, which had been forced off
the San Francisco State University campus during the Vietnam
After graduating from SFSU, García produced a signature work,
a portrait of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara above the slogan
"Right On!" García has received numerous awards and honors,
including an individual artist fellowship grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts, President's Scholar Award from San Jose
State University, where he has taught in the School of Art and
Design since 1988, and College Art Association's Distinguished
Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 1995, he received the National
Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences' Lifetime Achievement
Award in Art.
The bulk of García's work is housed in the National Archives
of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington,
D.C. In 1983, García wrote the first major study of Mexican
painter Frida Kahlo entitled Frida Kahlo: A Bibliography
and Biographical Introduction.
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