Colores Campesinos: Arte de Lino Martinez
In borrowing art history’s articulations of moments past, Lino Martinez points to a reality that challenges our contemporary community.
Countless Latinos as of this moment have uncertain futures in the United States. Campesinos, in this instance, stand for the Latino community; Mexicans, Chicanos, Hispanics, and Latinx alike, from every corner of our nation. The artworks shown here serve as a reminder of the power of our people, as it is through their daily labor that our community stays strong and thrives. The countless immigrants who call the United States home are represented here, each of their colors is shown in this exhibition to call attention to the differences that unite us.
We are a nation of immigrants, a nation of workers, a nation made of countless communities that stand together to create a single whole. We are stronger together, our courage to stand with one another is what helps us make it through difficult conditions and uncertainty, with solidarity and strength.
Colores Campesinos highlights the artwork of Lino Martinez by which he bestows an intricate amount of power and agency onto the countless individuals he represents within this body of work. As a first-generation immigrant and Mexican artist, Martinez expresses his strong convictions concerning immigration issues today with his series Campesinos y Colores. With this series of work, Martinez encourages a celebration of the great contribution that his own culture brings to this land.
In Martinez’ own words:
“My earnest hope is that my creations will awaken the
consciousness of Americans to the possibility of a more civil
society; not one torn by racism and hate, but unified for the
betterment of the future of all.”
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