Join us for a new retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Art, Gaspar Enríquez: Chicano Pride, Chicano Soul. Gaspar Enríquez is a nationally recognized Chicano artist from El Paso, Texas,
Join us for a new retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Art, Gaspar Enríquez: Chicano Pride, Chicano Soul. Gaspar Enríquez is a nationally recognized Chicano artist from El Paso, Texas, who uses an airbrush to created hyper-realistic portraits. The exhibit is on view February 3 through May 6, 2023. There is an opening reception on February 3 from 5-7pm. Gaspar Enríquez will be in attendance and will offer a gallery tour at 5:30pm.
Gaspar Enríquez is a self-defined Chicano artist who has been at the forefront of the national Chicano art movement for over fifty years. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, he uses his hyper-realistic, airbrushed portraits to show the humanity of the El Paso Chicano community and the tensions they face when living in a two-culture environment. Enríquez’s Chicano heritage is a consistent thread that ties together his work, which reflects his life experiences, the urban environment, and the people of his hometown. His compassionate nature allows him to capture his subject’s humanity and forces the viewer to look deeply at his subjects.
Gaspar Enríquez was born in 1942 and raised in the Segundo Barrio of El Paso, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Art from University of Texas, El Paso in 1971 and a Master of Art from New Mexico State University in 1985. Enriquez was an art teacher at Bowie High School in El Paso for 32 years. Since his retirement, he has focused on his artwork and renovating adobe structures in the historic downtown of San Elizario, Texas. His artwork is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture, the El Paso Museum of Art, and other prominent institutions.
The museum is located at 491 N. Main St. and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm. There is no admission fee. The museum is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.lascruces.gov/museums or call (575) 541-2137
3 (Friday) 5:00 pm - 28 (Tuesday) 7:00 pm
Las Cruces Museum of Art
491 N. Main Street