Eduardo Quintero is a Chicano Contemporary mixed media painter who was born and raised in McAllen, Texas. His artistic influences range from Raphael to Rauschenberg. The draftsmanship of Raphael was what lured him to drawing and eventually into painting. Drawing is very important in his work to graphically capture the essence of things, as is Rauschenberg’s mixture of images to explore their mutual context. He is drawn by the commitment to social justice and consciousness-raising in the art of Los Tres Grandes, Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco. Their inspiration in turn helped drive the Chicano muralists of the 70’s, whose work was used to educate the masses about the socioeconomic injustices oppressing them, providing him with a model to follow of commitment and solidarity.
He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree-studio from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2005, followed in 2011 by his Master of Fine Arts degree with two-dimensional specialization from the University of Texas-Pan American. At the same time that he was completing his MFA, he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Mexican American Studies, which opened his eyes to his rich heritage and to his responsibility and privilege to speak out for his people. This gave him the background to address the socioeconomic problems that plague this area. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at South Texas College.