Library Art Exhibit

The Main Library is currently featuring an exhibit by Ernesto Pedregon Martinez, a former Texas State Artist, now through the end of December. The exhibit is an eclectic collection of artwork spanning Martinez' entire career. Some of the pieces being exhibited date back to the 1940's while others were completed as recently as June of 2006.

Ernesto Martinez is an Internationally Renowned self-taught artist and muralist. He was an illustrator and artist for Ft. Bliss for 35 years and a professor of Mexican American art at El Paso Community College for 9 years.

Ernesto is considered one of the nation's leading Mexican American artists having been selected as the Texas State Artist in two-dimensional works of art for 1997-1998. He was also inducted into the El Paso Artists Hall of Fame in 2001 and has been recognized in the Who's Who of American Art several times. He has exhibited his art throughout the country including the prestigious New England Fine Arts Institute of Boston, the Bronx Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institute. His piece "Si Se Puede" is regarded as an emblem of worker solidarity for the Chicano movement of the sixties and seventies.

Library Art ExhibitErnesto had a prestigious military career having served in World War II with General Terry Allen's famed Timberwolf Division in the European theater. He was awarded the Bronze Star in combat, the Combat Infantry Badge and Battle Stars. He and his Division helped liberate thousands of prisoners from Nazi concentration camps.

Now 81, Ernesto Martinez is a living example of the many hidden treasures that can be discovered in El Paso. The Library invites everyone to come and view this culturally significant exhibit at the Main Library in Cleveland Square Park in Downtown El Paso.