Jose Cisneros Description
José Cisneros (1910-2009)
El Paso artist, known as a painter, illustrator,
muralist, designer, wood – carver, historian, and writer.
Selected Biographical and Career Highlights
- 1910, Born in Villa Ocampo, Mexico
- c. 1925, Attends Lydia Patterson Institute, El Paso, Texas
- 1937, Introduces himself to artist Tom Lea, which led to Cisneros’ long-time collaboration with Carl Hertzog (typographer, book designer, and publisher who worked with Lea in El Paso).
- Late 1940s, Illustration work flourishes and Cisneros is published in prize-winning books, including: Hertzog’s reprint Across America: The Journey of Three Englishmen across Texas in 1568 (published 1947); The Journal of Fray Marcos de Niza (published 1949); and The Spanish Heritage of the Southwest (published 1950). Cisneros continues to produce an astonishing amount of work illustrating and decorating books (over two hundred, including some authored by his friend J. Frank Dobie).
- 1948, Becomes a citizen of the United States
- 1969, First artist to receive a six-month fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters and the University of Texas, Austin for residence and work at Paisano Ranch (J. Frank Dobie’s former refuge near Austin)
- 1971, Publishes Riders of the Border, a monograph including drawings by Cisneros
- 1979, Receives the Americanism Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution
- 1984, Publishes prize-winning book Riders Across the Centuries (an expansion of his earlier 1971 Riders of the Border)
- 1991, Awarded the title of knight in the Order of Civil Merit by King Juan Carlos I of Spain for his work concerning Spain’s contribution to the settlement of the Spanish Southwest
- 2002, Awarded 2001 National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush
- 2009, Cisneros dies in El Paso, Texas
- 1937, El Paso Public Library, El Paso, Texas
- 1949, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas
- 1969, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas; St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas
- 1974, University of Texas Institute of Texas Cultures at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
- 1983, Gallery of the Consulate General of Mexico
- 1986-87, Texas State Senate, Austin, Texas
- 1992, El Paso Museum of History, El Paso, Texas
- Other: Panhandle – Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas; Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas; U.S. State Department, Mexico City, Mexico.
- J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
- University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas
- Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas