Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection

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Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn't matter} showcases 70 paintings by 29 painters represented in Cheech Marin's noted collection of Chicano art. Marin, the entertainer who is well known for his work in movies, television, and improvisational comedy, has been acquiring art for more than 20 years, and he has amassed one of the renowned collections of Chicano art in private hands.

Marin's most recent passion is collecting small paintings averaging 16 inches square and smaller in size. In contrast to other works in his collection representing and promoting the Chicano art movement of the mid-60s and 70s, the content of many of these small paintings leans more towards the artist's internal or personal statement rather than as a response to political, social or cultural situations. The paintings, which range from photo-realism to abstractions to portraits to landscapes, offer a window into the lives of the artists. Whether showing us a glimpse of their neighborhood as Margaret Garcia does in her expressive paintings of a car wash, hair salon, grocery store and taco shop; or personal interests such as graffiti art, street fashion and underground music that influence the works of Carlos Donjuan or peppered with mystery and a bit of humor as in Ricardo Ruiz's four Masotas portraits based on family members; or making a statement about the double standards imposed on Mexican women as Ana Teresa Fernandez does in To Press I and &To Press II or John Valadez's underwater figure studies painted on ceramic tiles, each artist draws on his or her own upbringing, cultural heritage, education and life experiences for inspiration.

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Cheech Marin is best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent duo of Cheech and Chong. While primarily known as an actor, a director, and a performer, Cheech has developed what is arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art. Much of it formed the core of his traveling exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 15-city tour during 2001-2007 to major art museums across the United States. He states: Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term Chicano to the forefront of the art world.

Through her firm, CauseConnect LLC, and as an independent cultural producer known as Downtown Muse, Melissa Richardson Banks plans, creates, funds and executes a variety of events, programs and projects such as museum exhibitions, community festivals, speaker series, concerts, influencer dinners, and art salons. Over the course of her professional career, she has produced, marketed, managed, and/or funded nearly 100 museum exhibitions, and managed several national tours of traveling exhibitions, including those by Cheech Marin. She is also an author, book editor, and art publisher.

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Cheech Marin; Melissa Richardson Banks
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