Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection
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Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection

Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection

LOW-Res-Garcia,-Margaret-Car-WashChicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter} showcases 70 paintings by 29 painters from this noted art collection.

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. His 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-60’s and 70’s, 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 García 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 Donjuán; 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 Fernández 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.

With a keen and eclectic eye, Cheech has acquired a collection of paintings by both established and emerging Chicano and Chicana artists. Appearing at first glance as a disparate grouping of paintings, Chicanitas begs the viewer to examine, interpret and appreciate each artwork individually. This reveals the true secret of the exhibition that the individual parts are greater than the whole and size doesn’t matter!

Cheech about Chicanitas
Curator Patty Haberman talks Chicanitas
Art talk by Cheech at Washington & Lee University on April 22, 2013 (NOTE: Cue up to 5:00 as that first part is all audience background)


Carlsbad, New Mexico – Carlsbad Museum & Art Center
November 18, 2016 through January 29, 2017

Amarillo, Texas – Amarillo Museum of Art
January 30 through March 27, 2016

Corpus Christi, Texas – Art Museum of South Texas
September 18, 2015 through January 10, 2016

Los Angeles, California – Vincent Price Art Museum
June 13 through August 1, 2015

Topeka, Kansas – Mulvane Art Museum
March 27 through Sunday, May 17, 2015

Eureka, California – Humboldt State University, First Street Gallery
January 27 through Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lubbock, Texas – Texas Tech University School of Art, Landmark Gallery
October 3 through December 14, 2014

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Las Cruces Museum of Art
May 2 through July 19, 2014

San Diego, California – Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
December 21, 2013 through March 23, 2014

Laramie, Wyoming – University of Wyoming Art Museum
September 7 through November 23, 2013

Odessa, Texas – Ellen Noël Art Museum
June 21 through August 18, 2013

Lexington, Virginia – Staniar Gallery, Washington & Lee University
April 22 to May 31, 2013

Bellingham, Washington – Whatcom Museum
January 10 through March 24, 2013

Monterey, California – Museum of Monterey
December 10, 2011 through July 7, 2012

Notre Dame, Indiana – Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame
September 4 through November 13, 2011

Mesa, Arizona – Mesa Arts Center Museum
March 11 through July 31, 2011

For exhibition information, contact Melissa Richardson Banks.

Carlos Almaraz, Elsa Flores Almaraz, Jari “Werc” Álvarez, Carlos Donjuán, Ana Teresa Fernández, Diane Gamboa, Margaret García, Cici Segura González, Yolanda González, Jacinto Guevara, Roberto Gutiérrez, Adán Hernández, Leo Limón, José Lozano, Gilbert “Magu” Luján, Gronk Nicondra, Joe Peña, Sandy Rodríguez, Frank Romero, Sonia Romero, Ricardo Ruiz, Leigh Salgado, Marta Sánchez, Eloy Torrez, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Vincent Valdez, Sergio Vásquez, Jaime “Germs” Zacarias


To purchase books, click the PayPal button above. You can also buy online on Amazon and through the Cheech Marin website in addition to my Downtown Muse.


BOOKSIGNING EVENTS: Want a signed book? We’re booking some events in Los Angeles and other cities soon. For an updated list, stay tuned to my website or check out the Downtown Muse website.

(NOTE: Sorry – no merchandise other than Chicanitas, Papel Chicano, and Chicano Visions art books will be signed)

ChimMaya-LogoTHU 10/3 @ 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
ChimMaya Gallery
5283 E. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Buy a pre-signed book in advance of the event at ChimMaya Gallery and get VIP treatment! The FIRST 75 people who purchase one or more books receive admittance to an exclusive reception with Cheech and some of the book’s featured artists Yolanda Gonzalez, Margaret Garcia, Cici Segura Gonzalez and Jose Lozano from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. To order a book in advance, visit the ChimMaya website and qualify for VIP admittance during 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (space limited). Please notify us of your interest in attending the VIP event by sending an email HERE!

KPCC logoTUE 10/8 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
KPCC Pledge Drive Party: Conversation & Booksigning with Cheech
KPCC Crawford Family Forum
474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

Directions & Parking


Hosted by Off-Ramp’s John Rabe with environment reporter Molly Peterson, join actor, director, comedian, author and Chicano art advocate Cheech Marin in conversation with KPCC editor Oscar Garza about his new book (based on an currently touring exhibition with the same name) “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter}.” This event is a live broadcast and will be videostreamed online. Live music performed by Conjunto Los Pochos core members Otoño Luján on the button-accordion and Elliott Baribeault on the bajo sexto.

ADMISSION: $60 per person ($50 for members) includes an autographed copy of Cheech’s new Chicanitas book ($40 retail value), a bag of KPCC swag, and refreshments. Proceeds benefit KPCC 89.3, a nonprofit radio station.

VPAMSAT 10/12 @ 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Vincent Price Art Museum
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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Visit the Vincent Price Art Museum at East L.A. College on Saturday, October 12 to see the nationally touring exhibition “Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez” (on view through December 7, 2013) and participate in an exclusive artist walkthrough at 2:00 PM with John Valadez. The artist will also sign books in advance of the walkthrough at 1:00 PM with collector and art advocate Cheech Marin.

1:00 PM—BOOKSIGNING: Valadez signs his exhibition catalog “Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez” ($32.95). Marin signs his latest art book “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection” ($39.99). Books sold on site – no other items may be presented for signatures. Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover accepted.

2:00 PM—ARTIST WALKTHROUGH: John Valadez discusses his work and career. Admission to the museum is free. Gallery capacity limited to 200 attendees.

Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter}
Specifications: contains 70 color images, an essay by art advocate and collector Cheech Marin plus an artwork checklist and artist biographies by Melissa Richardson Banks
Hardcover: 84 pages
Retail Cost: $39.99
Publisher: CauseConnect LLC
Publication Date: September 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989114805
ISBN-13: 978-0989114806
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces