Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Dr. Karen Sanders

Second Advisor

Dr. Lorenzo Pace

Third Advisor

Dr. Philip Field


With this thesis I intend to honor my Mexican-American heritage by portraying the roots of the Mexican and Mexican-American migrant workers in America. Using the experiences of my father, my relatives, and the history of the Braceros I will also describe the struggles, the pain, the sorrows of the migrant workers. My artwork which consists of black and white photographs, video, and installation will be the tools to give these people which have been forgotten, their long awaited voice. Interpreting ideas and inspiration from Mexican and Mexican-American political art, photography, and installation I have depicted the struggles and pain of the Mexican-American people in their moments of desperation, tragedy, frustration, and history. The installation setting represents the history of not only my father’s early childhood years of struggle, but the many years of blood, sweat, and tears left behind in American fields by the working people of Mexican heritage. I believe I will have done my job as a contemporary Mexican-American artist if I can impact the targeted audience that can identify and appreciate their history.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American