22” x 20”, Edition of 50
Born in French Camp, California, Rupert Garcia is a leading Chicano artist whose work is known as much for its political power as for its strong, evocative graphics and rich colors. Between 1967 and 1975 he became recognized for his political posters, which dealt with race, politics, and the Vietnam War. During that period, Garcia also participated in the formation of several seminal West Coast civil rights movement-oriented workshops and collectives such as the San Francisco Poster Workshop and Galeria de la Raza. Garcia has received numerous awards and honors, including an individual artist fellowship grant from the National Endowments for the Arts. In 1992, he received the President’s Scholar Award from San Jose State University, the San Joaquin Delta College’s Distinguished Alumni Award, KGO-TV’s Profile of Excellence Award, and the College Art Association’s Distinguished Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 1995, he received the National Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award in Art. The bulk of his work is in the Smithsonian Institution, the UCSB Library’s California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives. He lives in Oakland, CA.