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From left, artist Alberto Mijangos, art collector Guillermo Nicolas,
UTSA President Ricardo Romo and UTSA art curator Arturo Almeida

Art collector Guillermo Nicolas donates painting by Alberto Mijangos to UTSA

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Oct. 25, 2005)--"Broken English," a painting by San Antonio artist Alberto Mijangos, recently was donated to UTSA by local art collector Guillermo Nicolas.

"UTSA is grateful to Guillermo for donating this painting and to Alberto for creating it," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "I have enjoyed Alberto's work for many years and am pleased that the UTSA and San Antonio communities will be able to view this painting. We now have acquired two of Alberto's paintings for the UTSA art collection."

Mijangos studied at the San Carlos Art Academy in Mexico City and the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived and worked as an artist in San Antonio for more than 40 years, and has exhibited internationally and in one-person shows in Texas, Arizona, New York and Mexico.

"The painting, 'Broken English,' is precisely what my life has been about," said Mijangos. "It's the portrait of my struggles to catch up with the contemporary world. It's the same struggle that I have had in the last 50 years to absorb and become part of the 'Americana' way of thinking. It's always a little bit of my own background that shows in everything that I do.

"In 50 years of living in this country, I still speak broken English. In my painting, you can see the presence of my origins and my understanding of the universe. You will always find in my work a little piece of the tortilla as a tool as well as the fork."

Guillermo Nicolas donated the painting to the UTSA art collection last spring during Rooms With a View, an annual event benefiting UTSA art scholarships. His art collection was one of the private collections viewed for the 2005 Rooms With a View.

An art patron and collector, Nicolas is president of 3N Management Development, a private commercial real estate firm. A history and art history graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he serves on the boards of directors of Artpace and the San Antonio Library Foundation.

Nicolas and his family have a long history in the telecommunications industry. He is the grandson of Raoul Cortez, who launched the first full-time, Spanish-language radio station and the first full-time, Spanish-language TV station in the United States. His father, Emilio Nicolas Sr., continued to expand the reach of Spanish-language radio and television.

For more information, contact Arturo Almeida, UTSA art curator, at (210) 458-4101.

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