César Martínez

César Martínez, born in Laredo, Texas, was a major figure in the Chicano art movement on the late 1970s and 1980s. He is based in San Antonio, where he makes portraits that have become icons of Texas art history. Martínez's work has been included in the landmark exhibits, La Frontera/The Border: Art about the Mexican-U.S. Border Experience; CARA-Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation 1965-1985, and Hispanic Art in the United States. He has also shown at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

This painter of fine arts and printmaker is primarily known for his Bato series of portraits of pachucos and rucas. He also paints abstracted landscapes that incorporate Aztec imagery and history, and creates constructions made of found wood. (http://www.thechicanocollection.net)

César Augusto Martínez (born 1944 in Laredo, Texas) is an artist, prominent in the Chicano world of art. While studying at what was then called Texas A&I College, and later Texas A&I University, he became marginally involved in the Chicano movement for civil rights and became close friends with several of its leaders, among them, Carlos Guerra, a columnist with the San Antonio Express-News. Guerra died in 2010.

He was raised by his mother and her family in Laredo because his father died when he was less than one year old. He is currently based in San Antonio, Texas. Some of his more famous paintings are from his series of portraits of pachucos. (from Wikipedia)