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Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros
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Artist
Al Rendon, born 1957
Sitter
Sandra Cisneros, born 20 Dec 1954
Date
1998 (printed 2014)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
Image: 50.8 × 35.6 cm (20 × 14")
Sheet: 56.1 × 43.4 cm (22 1/16 × 17 1/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© 2015, Al Rendon
Object number
NPG.2015.36
Exhibition Label
Born Chicago, Illinois
While writing The House on Mango Street (1984), Sandra Cisneros drew upon her experience as the daughter of a working-class Mexican American family in Chicago. The book earned her the American Book Award and was later translated into more than twenty languages. Cisneros has been named a MacArthur Fellow (1995), and in 2002, the New York Times and other national newspapers selected her novel Caramelo as a notable book of the year. In 2016, she was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Barack Obama.
This portrait is by Al Rendon, who is renowned for his photographs of Latinx leaders in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. He portrays Cisneros with her dog on the porch of her former house, smiling at the viewer and wearing a traditional Mexican folk dress. The author currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, taking advantage of her dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship.
Nacida en Chicago, Illinois
Para escribir La casa en Mango Street (1984), Sandra Cisneros recurrió a sus experiencias como hija de un matrimonio mexicoamericano de clase trabajadora en Chicago. El libro le ganó el Premio del Libro Americano y se tradujo a más de 20 idiomas. Cisneros recibió la prestigiosa Beca MacArthur (1995) y en 2002 The New York Times y otros periódicos nacionales seleccionaron su novela Caramelo como libro sobresaliente del año. En 2016 recibió la Medalla Nacional de las Artes de manos del presidente Barack Obama.
Este retrato fue tomado por Al Rendon, famoso por sus fotografías de líderes latinos en su ciudad de San Antonio, Texas. Cisneros aparece con su perro en el portal de su antigua casa, sonriendo al espectador, y lleva un vestido mexicano tradicional. Actualmente vive en San Miguel de Allende, México, aprovechando su doble ciudadanía estadounidense y mexicana.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Her Story: A Century of Women Writers
On View
NPG, East Gallery 120
Place
United States\Texas\Bexar\San Antonio