This excerpt from Jacinto Quirarte’s book, Mexican American Artists, includes the introduction, chapters 4 through 8, and a short conclusion. In the introduction, the author explores Chicano identity and the unifying elements of Chicano art. While Chicano artists employ many European artistic conventions, Quirarte believes the ideas and symbols portrayed reflect the mix of cultures that comprise the Chicano identity: indigenous (Aztec, Toltec, Olmec, and others), Spanish, and American. Chapters 4 through 7 discuss in depth many Chicano artists born and/or raised in the United States between 1901 and 1946. The artists discussed include Antonio García, Chelo González Amézcua, Octavio Medellín, Margaret Herrera Chávez, Porfirio Salinas, Edward Chávez, Michael Ponce de León, Rubén González, Pedro Cervántez, Joel Tito Ramírez, Peter Rodríguez, Eugenio Quesada, Emilio Aguirre, Melesio Casas, Manuel Neri, Louis Gutiérrez, Ernesto Palomino, Ralph Ortiz, Eduardo Carrillo, Ray Chávez, Joseph A Chávez, Michael López, Luis Jiménez, Glynn Gómez, Amado Peña, Rudy Treviño, and Alex Sánchez. In the last chapter, Quirarte presents two characteristic responses by the artists interviewed for the book about their backgrounds and their artistic development. Some of them identify first as artists and as Americans, while others ascribe to “Chicano art” as being fundamental in establishing and representing their ethnic identity. Quirarte concludes that the one underlying theme tying all Chicano artists is a connection with Mexico, whether direct or indirect.