El Tamalito del Hoyo

  • Roberto Chavez, El Tamalito del Hoyo, 1959, oil on masonite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1959, Roberto Chavez, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.49.1

Exhibition Label
Chavez painted this picture from memory. The artist recalled, “Tamalito, whose real name I never knew, was one of the vatos from ‘El Hoyo,’ the neighborhood directly west and north of where I hung out. In high school I realized that my contemporaries and our environment were what I most wanted to depict in my pictures and stories.” This portrait also serves as an homage to the Mexican American residents and communities of Los Angeles.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
El Tamalito del Hoyo
Artist
Date
1959
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
40 x 25 in. (101.6 x 63.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on masonite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
Object Number
2012.49.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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