An avid art collector, Cheech is recognized for his renowned private collection of Chicano art and for his projects to advance Chicano art in American culture.
The Chicano Collection contains archival-quality print editions of selected works from 1969 to 2001. These artworks portray urban life and the Chicano experience. The art of twenty-six outstanding artists, including Chaz Bojorquez, Patssi Valdez, Frank Romero, Adan Hernandez, and Eloy Torrez, displayed in the special exhibition.
For this impressive collection, Modern Multiples printmaker Richard Duardo created the large-scale fine art pigment prints (giclées). An acclaimed master printer, Duardo has also worked on printing projects for Shepard Fairey and John Van Hamersveld, among many others.
By creating these special editions of the original works from Cheech's private collection, The Chicano Collection increases the accessibility of the artwork for numerous large audiences and supports Cheech's goal to "bring the term 'Chicano' to the forefront of the art world." As Cheech explains, "using the most advanced technology available today, we created these important artistic expressions of the American experience as 'time capsules' to embed into top U.S. art collections and to expose them to the widest audience possible."
With the LA Art Show reporting more than 50,000 in attendance for the 5-day event, which included 140 galleries and a strong international presence, this remarkable collection definitely did bring Chicano art to a massive audience.