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El Veterano: Andale, Already 

1. Pioneer: *Pioneer: Jesse Treviño is one of the few Chicano artists whose work was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution, and arguably the first San Antonio hometown artist whose work gained international prominence.

2.Founding Father: He acts as a crucial branch of the San Anto painting lineage. He studied with gran maestro Mel Casas at SAC and influenced and inspired the generations of painters and muralists who followed him, including Alex Rubio and Vincent Valdez.

3.Hero: He lost his right arm as a result of serving in Vietnam, yet taught himself to paint (photo-realistically, mind you) with his left hand, serving as an inspiration not only to Chicano artists, but to war veterans and those with (seeming) disabilities.

4.Up-and-Comer: At the age of 62, this is his first-ever career retrospective, despite having works in the Smithsonian, SAMA, and other major collections worldwide — it’s sorely overdue.

5.Man at work: Jesse Treviño is still working, with several large-scale public projects in the planning stages, including a Veteran’s Memorial and an Eastside tribute to MLK; this is no epitaph, San Antonio, this is a grito.

*This article originally reported that Treviño was the first Chicano artist whose work was acquired by the Smithsonian.

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