UT in Austin, Texas
Consuelo “Chelo” González Amezcua was born in Piedras Negras, Mexico. Her family immigrated to Del Rio, Texas, when she was ten. In the 1930s she wrote to the President of Mexico requesting funding to study at the Academy of San Carlos. He arranged for a scholarship, but the death of her father impelled Chelo to cancel her enrollment. She lived in Del Rio for the rest of her life.
For Chelo art was a sacred process. Upon completing a piece, she would meditate in thankfulness, sometimes inscribing words of explanation or poetry on the reverse side. In her later years, she experimented with color in her drawings.
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