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An example of work by Jose Cisneros
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|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Jose Cisneros has been described as a leading historical illustrator of
the Southwest. Although a painter, wood carver, writer and muralist,
his primary focus was recording through his illustration the history of
the Southwest border region.|
Cisneros was born in Villa Ocampo,
Mexico in 1910. Here he received some schooling in El Valle de
Allende before traveling to Ciudad Juarez in 1925. Although
largely self taught, Cisneros crossed the Rio Grande to attend the
Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas. In the 1930s he
began his illustration career while working odd jobs to support his
family. He introduced himself to Tom Lea, which led to his
long-term collaboration with Carl Hertzog, the famous typographer, book
designer, and publisher.
During the 1940s, Cisneros
illustrated over 200 publications and books. Among his many
honors are the Americanism Award given to him by the Daughters of the
American Revolution, and the Order of Civil Merit given him by King Juan
Carlos I of Spain in 1991.
Cisneros remained a resident of El Paso, Texas.
His exhibitions include, Far Southwest Artists Association; Woman's Club of El
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas;
St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas; El Paso Museum of History;
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and the U.S. State Department,
John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists
|Biography from ARTexas:|
|Jose Cisneros was born in Villa Ocampo, Mexico, at the beginning of the
Mexican Revolution. In 1925 he came to El Paso to attend the
Lydia Patterson Institute. In 1937 he met Tom Lea, which lead to
Cisneros’ long-term collaboration with Carl Hertzog, the famous
In the late 1940’s his passion for superior quality and historical
accuracy led to the inclusion of his work in several prize-winning
books. He continued thereafter to produce an astonishing amount
of work illustrating and decorating over two-hundred books including
some authored by his friend J. Frank Dobie.
He became a citizen of the United States in 1948.
Among his numerous honors two perhaps are most fitting. In 1979
the Daughters of the American Revolution bestowed upon him their
Americanism Award and in 1991 king Joan Carlos I of Spain invested him
with the title of knight of the Order of Civil Merit.
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