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Here Carmen Lomas Garza picks flowers from her front yard with her nephew, Victor.
All of Carmen Lomas Garza's artwork incorporates monitos (little figures), a term she learned from her grandmother. Each of her paintings illustrates a vivid memory of her childhood.

The Chicano movement helped give Carmen new pride in her heritage and her traditions. It was a liberating experience for her to paint the everyday scenes of her Mexican-American family and community in Kingsville, Texas. Some of her earliest paintings depict her grandfather and herself in the garden.

Carmen wanted to paint new Lotería figures, but her mother insisted she copy the old ones first.
Carmen explains why making tamales at Christmas time is an important family tradition.
The six-year-olds in Carmen's family receive very special birthday celebrations.

http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/webzine/family1.htm

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