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Jose Cisneros has been described as a leading historical illustrator of the Southwest. Although a painter, wood carver, writer and muralist, his primary focus was recording through his illustration the history of the Southwest border region. Cisneros was born in Villa Ocampo, Mexico in 1910. Here he received some schooling in El Valle de Allende before traveling to Ciudad Juarez in 1925. Although largely self taught, Cisneros crossed the Rio Grande to attend the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas. In the 1930s he began his illustration career while working odd jobs to support his family. He introduced himself to Tom Lea, which led to his long-term collaboration with Carl Hertzog, the famous typographer, book designer, and publisher. During the 1940s, Cisneros illustrated over 200 publications and books. Among his many honors are the Americanism Award given to him by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Order of Civil Merit given him by King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 1991. Cisneros remained a resident of El Paso, Texas. His exhibitions include, Far Southwest Artists Association; Woman's Club of El Paso; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas; St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas; El Paso Museum of History; Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and the U.S. State Department, Mexico City. Source: John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists

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