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Latina/Latino American Art  
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Other Latina/Latino American Artists

Other significant Latina/Latino American artists include Nuyoricans (Puerto Ricans living in New York City) José Luis Cortés (b. 1962), Abnel Rodríguez (b. 1964), Alberto Valderrama (1957-1995), and Reyes Meléndez (b. 1962).

Painters such as Tony de Carlo (b. 1956) and Gil de Montes (b. 1966) also make use of gay imagery, while Miguel Angel Reyes (b. 1964) depicts men with a rough, sexually appealing, macho appearance. Jerome Caja (1958-1995) performed a post-apocalyptic drag act, and also exhibited mixed-media works.

Finally, Latino photographers such as Axel Damian Reyes, Gerardo Suter (b. 1957), Franc Franca (b. 1961), and Roberto Rincón have made a name for themselves by utilizing strong imagery celebrating gay male sexuality.


Perhaps the only generalization that can be made about the diverse artists who contribute to the tradition of Latina/Latino glbtq art is that they often confront, with a peculiarly personal urgency, the crucial issues of gender, sexuality, and acceptance that have obsessed American culture generally in the past several decades.

Joyce M. Youmans
Kieron Devlin

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Bleys, Rudi. C. Images of Ambiente: Homotextuality and Latin American Art, 1810 to Today. New York: Continuum, 2000.

Casas, David Zamora.

Cockcroft, James D., assisted by Jane Canning. Latino Visions: Contemporary Chicano, Puerto Rican and Cuban-American Artists. Danbury: Conn.: Franklin Watts, 2000.

Cooper, Emmanuel. The Sexual Perspective: Homosexuality in Art of the Past 100 Years in the West. London and New York: Routledge & Keegan Paul, 1986.

López, Alma. "Digital Art by Alma López." Tongues Magazine: A Queer Latina Webzine.

Mesa-Bains, Amalia. Ceremony of Spirit: Nature and Memory in Contemporary Latino Art. San Francisco: The Mexican Museum, 1993.

Saslow, James M. Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts. New York: Viking, 1999.


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    Author: Youmans, Joyce M. ; Devlin, Kieron  
    Entry Title: Latina/Latino American Art  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2002  
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