Everyone Who Met Him Has a Carlos Story

RECEIVED Mon., May 18, 2009

Dear Editor,
    Re: “Carlos Rivera Pineda” [Arts, May 15]: Anyone who met him has at least one good Carlos story if not more. It was when he began work on his last major project that we spent a lot of time together. Carlos did a series of 25 oil portraits, pro bono, for the Mexican American Advisory Committee. Called “!Que Vivan los 25!” it honored Latino men and women from Austin for their accomplishments, dedication, perseverance, and hard work. These were reproduced on 13 banners and exhibited in the windows of the Scarborough Building during Hispanic Heritage Month in 2006. Though it taxed his stamina at times, I know he was proud of his work – as we all were. The MAAC continues to exhibit the banners and share with the community not only the individuals pictured and their stories but the art of Carlos Rivera Pineda.
Danny Camacho,
Chair, the Mexican American Advisory Committee
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