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Picture by Warren Lieberman
Picture by Warren Lieberman
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West Side painter retrospective starts Thursday "Jesse Treviño: Mi Vida," running Oct. 22 through Feb. 28 at Museo Alameda Special to the Southside Reporter Published 12:16 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Museo Alameda presents the first comprehensive retrospective devoted to Jesse Treviño, a San Antonio-based painter and muralist whose public works literally surround the museum and can be found throughout the Alamo City.
"Jesse Treviño: Mi Vida," running Oct. 22 through Feb. 28, includes many works that have never been publicly displayed.
Curated by Ruben C. Cordova, the retrospective features drawings, prints, paintings, sketches and models for public commissions, as well as artifacts and documents exhibited together for the first time.
The centerpiece of the retrospective is "Mi Vida," the artist's early masterpiece. This enormous mural was painted on a bedroom wall in 1971-72.
Until shortly before the exhibition, it was unclear whether it could be successfully detached from the wall.
The exhibition features little-seen and never-before-displayed works from the artist's collection, as well as his most famous paintings from public and private collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library.
Treviño is best known for his remarkable "photo realist" paintings of people and buildings on the West Side of San Antonio. He is a seminal figure in the Chicano art movement.
In recognition of the importance of his artistic contributions to Latino and American culture, two of his works have been acquired by the Smithsonian's American Art Museum.
"This is a stellar curatorial undertaking showcasing the work of one of America's most important Latino artists," said Guillermo Nicolas, president of the Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture, which operates the Museo Alameda.
"We are proud to be the first to mount this comprehensive retrospective of his remarkable career."
"While Treviño's extraordinary biography has sometimes overshadowed his accomplishments as an artist in accounts of his career, this exhibition emphasizes his artistic evolution and integrates his art and life," Cordova said.
The collection showcases Treviño's entire career at the highest level of quality, ranging from a 1957 student work that references master muralist Diego Rivera to Treviño's 2008 homage to Earl Abel's the beloved, recently demolished San Antonio diner that was a fixture in San Antonio culture since the 1930s.
Born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1946, Treviño grew up in San Antonio. After winning several local art contests, he earned a scholarship to the Art Student's League in New York, where he made portraits in a loose, painterly style while studying with the legendary portraitist William F. Draper in 1966.
Treviño, still lives and works in San Antonio, earned an associate's degree at San Antonio College (SAC) in 1970, a bachelor's degree in art from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1974, and a master's of fine arts in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1978.