A Colorful World in Black and White:
A Retrospective of the Life and Art of José Cisneros 

“A Colorful World in Black & White” is a retrospective exhibit celebrating the life and art of José Cisneros, a Mexican-American immigrant who escaped a revolution and used his talents to bring the history of the Spanish southwest to life for countless people. Through this exhibit, visitors will follow José Cisneros’ life and learn about his personal successes and challenges. They will see how his artistic style and skill grew and changed over the course of his lifetime.  

Exhibit Content Summary: 

61 Framed pieces of art – medias include watercolor, graphite, oil, pen and ink  

Contents for four display cases including pictures, letters, documents and books pertaining to the life and work of Jose Cisneros.
The themes of each case include:  

·       Cisneros’ time studying at the Lydia Patterson Institute  

·       His collaboration with Tom Lea  

·       Artwork created for Carl Hertzog 

·       His illustrations for publications  

·       Digital files consisting of 7 information panels – 24”x 30” each when printed 

·       Digital files for printable exhibit labels

Base Price: 

For an exhibit duration of two to four months, shipping not included.*  (Please call or e-mail for specific quotes)  
*Exhibit duration can be customized based on individual organization needs.

  •  $3,500 for organizations with an annual budget under $250,000
  • $7,500 for organizations with an annual budget of over $250,000

For more information and to rent this exhibition, please contact Meg Tucker at meg@thebryanmuseum.org or by phone to (409) 632-7687

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More about Cisneros: 

Cisneros’ family moved to Juarez after they were forced to flee their home in Villa Ocampo, Mexico due to the encroaching Mexican Revolution. With the encouragement of his uncle, Cisneros crossed the border every day to attend the Lydia Patterson Institute to receive an education and to learn English. He eventually made El Paso his permanent residence, got married, had four daughters, and worked for El Paso City Lines as a transportation painter. Having a full-time job did not sway him from his true passion – art. Drawing at night and on the weekends, Cisneros went on to create sketches, calligraphy, and historic maps for more than 300 books in his lifetime. He worked with artists such as Tom Lea, Harold Bugbee, and Frank Dobie. Cisneros was color-blind, which influenced the exhibit’s title, and he also suffered from macular degeneration as he aged. Neither of these conditions kept him from pursuing his art. In addition to his recognition from the Pope and the King of Spain for his art, he was also awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in 2001.  

José Cisneros in his studio
El Paso, Texas
Vaquero on Bucking Horse