“Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term ‘Chicano’ to the forefront of the art world,” said Marin. “Using the most advanced technology available today, we have created important artistic expressions of the American experience as ‘time capsules’ to embed into top U.S. art collections and to expose them to the widest audience possible.”
To advance Chicano art as a recognized school of American art and to increase public accessibility to this body of work in cities nationwide, Cheech Marin has spearheaded a project that produced limited-edition digital reproductions (gicleés) of paintings by 26 prominent Chicano artists.
The project utilized sophisticated digital printing to create only 115 sets of the 26 archival-quality prints. Packaged in commemorative portfolio cases, each set will be accompanied by original linocut-print portraits of the artists by Artemio Rodriguez, a DVD of a short film produced to document the groundbreaking project, and an introductory essay by Chon A. Noriega, PhD of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.
The prints depict urban life and the Chicano experience that date between 1969 and 2001. Paintings selected to be reproduced as prints were primarily drawn from Marin’s collection and include artists Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Patssi Valdez, George Yepes, Rupert García, Leo Limón, Margaret García and Eloy Torrez.