Portraits || El Paso Museum of Art

Today, America honours the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

On this very special Memorial Day, let us also take a moment to reflect on the lives of all our fellow humans that were cut short – more recently, in the Covid-19 pandemic. They were someone’s husband, wife, mother, father, son, daughter, friend.

Let us all remember and raise our voices for peace.

Silence the guns. The time is now.

Tom Lea
Sarah (Portrait of the Artist’s Wife), 1939
Oil on canvas

Manuel Acosta
Yolanda, 1956
Oil on canvas

Gerrit Beneker
Telephone Operator, 1921
Oil on canvas

Robert Henri
Carl (Boy in Blue Overalls), 1921
Oil on canvas

Irving Ramsey Wiles
Gladys in Chinese Robes, 1920-29
Oil on canvas

El Paso Museum of Art, TX

October 12th, 2018

El Paso Museum of Art

An Art Institution in a binational, bilingual city like El Paso could showcase nothing less than an eclectic collection, rich in history, diverse in technique, open-minded and thought provoking, drawing inspiration from both sides of the Americas.

EPMA is the only American Alliance of Museums-accredited art museum within a 200-mile radius, one of the only accredited museums in all of West Texas, and serves as a major cultural and educational resource for West Texas, New Mexico, and Northern Mexico with nearly 100,000 visitors each year. The demographic characteristics of this region are diverse and unique among large cities in the United States because of the nature of its fluid, binational population which sees inhabitants working, learning, and socializing across international and state borders on a daily basis. El Paso and its sister city Ciudad Juárez, Mexico share three international bridges that bring 75,000 people from Juárez to El Paso each day (Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2016). According to Customs and Border Protection, 600 to 1,000 children legally cross the Paso del Norte bridge to go to school every day. Moreover, over 80% of residents identify as Mexican, Hispanic, or Mexican-American. [sourge: EPMA]

James Surls
Me, Knife, Diamond and Flower, 1999
Pine, poplar and steel

Tom Knapp
Springtime in the Rockies, 1978

Manuel Guerra
Los huecitos le dan sabro a la música, 2008

Celia Álvarez Muñoz
Postcards: Sweet Orange, Oh! Chihuahua and Street Signs
Acrylic on canvas and metal street signs

Jeff Koons is omnipresent in American museums – here is a view of his One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank

Robert Gober
Untitled, 1993-94
Beeswax, wood, glassine and felt-tip marker pen ink

Eanger Irving Couse
Autumn Moon, 1927
Oil on canvas

Luis Jiménez
Barfly – Statue of Liberty, 1969 – 1974
Acrylic on fiberglass

Robert Massey
Colomba – Waikiki #2, undated
Etching on paper

Paola Rascón
Jaciel, 2012
Oil and mixed media on canvas

Paola Rascón
USA, 2015
Oil and mixed media on canvas

Paola Rascón
Low Rider
Oil and mixed media on canvas

Cruz Ortiz
After Posada: Revolution

César A. Martínez
Bato con Sunglasses, 2011
Acrylic on muslin

Andrea Bowers
Abolish Ice & Families Belong Together, 2018
Cardboard, LED lights
After Posada: Revolution

El Paso Museum of Art, TX

October 12th, 2018


The Sugar House of El Paso

“You are visiting El Paso…? No one visits El Paso, people come here for work or to catch a flight – no one stays here”… said a man who first came in El Paso thirty years ago!

Where are you from?” People kept asking us, as if tourists are few and far between in this part of the world. The truth is, we didn’t see any either. Maybe because it was foggy and rainy and people stayed inside. Or maybe because we only stayed for a day-and-a-half.

What we did see was a delightful Mexican touch, evident everywhere: the food, the people, the history, the culture.

And this house.

In an otherwise dull neighbourhood, close to a busy highway, Rufino Loya Rivas, a Levi Strauss worker from Mexico and his wife Celia, bought a modest house. Deciding he would add a personal touch, Rivas began to carve and paint these intricate designs that soon surrounded the house, spending twenty five years and hundreds of hours of work and devotion to his project.

Art can be found in the most unexpected places.

El Paso, TX

October 12th, 2018