Latin American Art

The Latin American Art collection encompasses over 1,000 works of art including painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and decorative arts. The collection encompasses pre-Columbian Art of Mexico, Central America, and South America; Art of the Hispanic viceroy and Spanish Colonies; nineteenth century Art of Latin American Nations (Republics) inclusive of the Caribbean; Modern and Contemporary works from Latin-born painters and printmakers, as well as artists from the American Chicano/Chicana Movement.


The pre-Columbian collection includes jewelry, ceremonial vessels, figurines, masks, sculptures, textiles, and feather arts. Collectively, the works represent approximately 3,000 years of history and over 30 cultures spanning the Americas from Central Mexico south to modern-day Chile.

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The Spanish Colonial and 19th Century Art

The collection of Spanish Colonial and 19th century art features works from colonial Latin America, including the southwestern United States, created by skilled native crafts people who were trained to aid the construction of churches, and the creation of paintings, sculptures, textiles, and furniture to fill them. This collection includes 120 oil-on-tin retablos and 44 Mexican provincial paintings. Highlights include the lunette painting “Episode from the Life of Fray Junipero Serra, circa 1787 and José Gil de Castro’s “Portrait of Señorita Doña Carlota Caspe y Rodriguez at the Age of Ten, 1816.”

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Modern and Contemporary

The Latin American Modern and Contemporary collection includes paintings, works on paper, textiles, and sculptures. The modernist movement is represented through works by Mexican artists Carlos Merida and Rafael Coronel, Brazilian artist Sergio de Camargo, and Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The Contemporary Latin American Art collection includes works from Enrique Chagoya, Gustavo Ramos Rivera, and Roberto Márquez. Latinx artists from the American Chicano/Chicana Movement are also represented and include Patssi Valdez, Alfred J. Quiroz, and Luis Alfonso Jimenez, Jr.

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