From the stage to the page, Hispanic artists have made their mark. Keep reading to learn about some top creators.
In the 1970s, four artists made history. They were Frank Romero, Carlos Almaraz, Roberto de la Rocha, and Gilbert Luján. The men started the artist group Los Four in Los Angeles, California. They talked about art projects and politics. In 1974, Los Four got its own exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. That was the first time a Mexican-American art show starred at a major museum! This brought more attention to Hispanic artists.
Most people knew Selena by her first name only. They also called her the “Queen of Tejano Music.” Born in Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1971, the star started singing as a child. Selena grew up speaking English, but her father taught her to sing in Spanish. Her music shot to fame in both languages. Even today, Selena’s Dreaming of You is the top selling Latin album in the United States!
Lin-Manuel Miranda is a writer, a composer, a rapper, and an actor. He wrote and starred in the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton. He also worked on songs for the Moana soundtrack and is set to be in the upcoming film Mary Poppins Returns. Miranda has won a lot of awards, including three Tonys. But the star uses his fame for more than just getting trophies. He worked to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the island last year.
Duncan Tonatiuh is an author and illustrator of children’s books. According to his website, he is “both Mexican and American.” The stories in his books show that. Separate is Never Equal tells about the fight to desegregate schools. And Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin shares the lives of two cousins on opposite sides of the border. One lives in the United States, and the other calls Mexico home.
Another famous Selena is making waves today. Selena Gomez got her start as a TV actress. She played Alex Russo on the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place. She also starred in movies such as Ramona and Beezus and Hotel Transylvania. Gomez even started a successful music career. The star does a lot of charity work too. In 2009, Gomez became a UNICEF ambassador. In that role, she travels the world helping children in need!
Updated October 1, 2018, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Ashley Morgan
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