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Artist draws inspiration from Mexican spirit

By Alex V. Hernandez

For the past few weeks EXTRA has been asking its readers to nominate people who they think should be recognized and profiled as a Latino our readers should know about. This week EXTRA is profiling Luis DeLaTorre, an artist from the city’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

Luis DeLaTorre, Visual Artist

Age: 46

Where do you live?

I have lived in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood since the age of 7. Although I spent much of my childhood in the states of Jalisco and Nayarít in western Mexico, I was actually born in McAllen, Texas, near the U.S.–Mexico border. It has been these early years that continue to inspire my work.

Can you tell me a little bit about your  art?

As a visual artist, much of my work springs from observations as a sort of traveler in this country. My point of view is informed by literature and what I’ve learned about past civilizations. As an artist, I continue to draw inspiration from my deep roots—both indigenous Mexican and Christian. My art continues to evolve as I walk through the sequence of chapters in my artistic career.

How do you try to include your Mexican heritage in what you do?

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