In 2020, celebrated Chicana artist Santa Barraza opened the art space Barraza Fine Art in Kingsville, Texas, where she has deep roots. Her paintings are dedicated to the concept of Nepantla, “in-between,” capturing the essence of the spiritual borderlands of Mexico and Texas, the real and celestial, and the present and our ancestral pasts. Her works touch on spirituality, both of Catholic and pre-Columbian influences. Offered on the Barraza Fine Art website are prints of her work, t-shirts, and at times, other exhibiting artist’s works as well.
Under the moniker Lazy Beam Arte, Manuela Guillén works to create images of hope and comfort. With embedded political messages, her mostly figurative images represent connections to the earth and the cosmos, cultura, and resilience. A desaturated palette offers a calming effect, and the figures feel like family. Uplifting phrases in the works include “One day at a time,” and “The universe loves you.” These healing works can be found on her website as prints, stickers, magnets, puzzles, cards, and original paintings. Manuela Guillén's work has been featured in Ofrenda Magazine.
Kalli Arte Collective is a collaborative effort between artists Adriana Carraza and Alfonso Aceves. Their work focuses on culture and its impact on survival and protection. Images tie spirituality to community. Their online shop offers digital prints, screenprints, and linocut prints with imagery connected to Boyle Heights, plant medicine, notable women artists, danzante, and more. Their work evokes ancestral memory, and colorful symmetry is embraced in the Protection Portfolio with the inclusion of virtues like “Conexion” and “Balance,” and “Protection.”
Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and based in San Diego, California, Soni López-Chávez pulls from her Chichimeca heritage to create artwork that speaks of issues of Indigenous sovereignty, immigration rights, Black Lives Matter, mental health awareness, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. Through digital illustration, she embraces femme figures along with connections to ancestry and the earth. Her online presence offers these spiritually grounding images on prints, apparel, stickers, tote-bags, and mugs.
Centered on social justice and healing, Queer Xicana artist Gilda Posada works towards decolonization through art, seeking to undo ancestral trauma for the generations to come. Available prints on her website call for justice—for individuals like George Floyd, Adam Toledo, and Daunte Wright. Additionally, there are works that call for the freedom of Palestine and the honoring of Madre Tierra. One item that stands out is a set of prayer cards that include Tonantzin and the Virgen de Guadalupe.
A collaboration between Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, Dignidad Rebelde creates prints that follow in the footsteps of political Chicano printmaking with an updated contemporary aesthetic. They are invested in community and creating art for the purposes of social justice, and they offer their meaningful and uplifting prints on their website. Topics highlighted through their graphic aesthetic have included immigration rights, housing, education, indigeneity, and an overall call for resistance, collective solidarity, and celebration of triumphs. Their work walks the line that ties art to activism, and is truly for the people.
Denise “Pear Mama” Silva is a Southern California native who creates art as a form of spiritual medicine with themes of femininity and motherhood. In addition to creating mixed-media works, she has a large portfolio of digital art that is made available through prints on her website. Overlapping layers of transparency have the figures existing in surreal outdoor spaces. The palette is earthy, and the figures are grounded, melanated, and introspective. These images are tied to healing, divinity, and reconnecting to Mother Earth. Denise Silva’s work has also been featured in Ofrenda Magazine.
Based in San Antonio, Texas, Jose Sotelo, aka El Fin SATX, is a graphic printmaker who creates art around concepts of cultura, nature, sustainability, and more. Images of calaveras, corazones, and plantitas can be found in El Fin SATX’s colorful prints. Text works include phrases like “Broken but never off course,” and “No me toques,” alongside an illustration of a hand over a nopal. His mission is to support art and community, and through his online presence, he offers a variety of prints, mugs, and tote bags adorned with his imagery.
Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez is a multimedia Xicanx artivist, educator, and business owner based in San Antonio, Texas. She created the comic character, Citlali, La XicanX Anti-Hero, to challenge social issues pertaining to mujeres. Her interest in curanderismo has guided her to work with art as a means of healing community. Her business, Puro Corazón, is a platform where she sells digital prints, apparel, and accessories, while Corazones on Fire offers signed prints, coloring books, stickers, and downloadable prints. Along with partner, Bianca Sapet, she also offers virtual painting parties through Corazones on Fire: Painting With A Cultural Edge, and can accommodate schools or organizations who would like to take part.
Born in Chile, Liliana Wilson has resided in Texas since the late 1970s. Her figures exist in subconscious dream spaces, in search of something. They bring to mind magical realism: the ability to render something realistically, yet in an imagined or fantastical world. The beauty of the hand-drawn figures contrasts with the emotional depth held in each of them. Telling stories in the form of universal spirituality and humanity, Liliana’s work brings to mind concepts of immigration, growth, innocence, and change through both struggle and beauty. While her original works are often created in colored pencil and acrylic, digital giclee prints of them can be found on her website.
SUZY GONZÁLEZ is a Xicanx artist, curator, and zinester based in Yanaguana, also known as San Antonio, Texas. She creates mestiza media works combining corn husks and paint to consider our connections to the land and complexities of identity. She publishes Xicana Vegan zine, co-publishes Yes, Ma'am zine, co-organizes the San Anto Zine Fest, and is half of the collective Dos Mestizx.
In 2022, Suzy is collaborating with Ofrenda Magazine as a consulting art editor.