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Camas para Sueños

1985 Carmen Lomas Garza Born: Kingsville, Texas 1948 gouache on paper sheet: 28 1/8 x 20 1/2 in. (71.4 x 52.1 cm) sight: 23 x 17 1/2 in. (58.4 x 44.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool and the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program © 1985, Carmen Lomas Garza 1995.94 Not currently on view

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Lomas Garza’s folk-styled works document the lives of Mexican Americans and often portray memories of her own family in South Texas. In Camas para Sueños (Beds for Dreams) the artist and her sister sit on their roof dreaming of becoming artists, while their mother below maintains a traditional home. Lomas Garza’s deceptively straightforward images offer uncommon glimpses of American daily life as it unfolds in many Chicano communities.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013


Architecture Exterior - domestic - bedroom

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Figure group - female

Landscape - celestial - moon

Landscape - time - night

State of being - phenomenon - dream


paint - gouache

paper - arches