After receiving his B.A. in fine arts from the University of Texas El Paso in 1968, Jose Antonio "Tony" Burciaga (1940–1996)
began working as an illustrator and graphic arts designer, while also nurturing an interest in poetry. At this time, Burciaga
also developed affiliations with the Chicano Movement. In the 70s, he married Cecilia Preciada and moved to the Bay Area,
California so Cecilia could work as a dean at Stanford University, where she actively sought to increase the population of
Chicano students. In 1985, Tony was granted a residential fellowship at Stanford, and was based at the Latino culture-themed
dorm Casa Zapata. At Stanford, Tony further developed his expertise in Chicano poetry and muralism while supporting the growing
Chicano Community on campus. In the late 80s up to the time around his passing, Tony also published books of his poems and
short stories, granting him success as an author. These works include Weedee Peepo (1988), Drink Cultura (1993), and Spilling the Beans (1995). As an artist and author, Tony Burciaga authentically channeled contemporary popular sentiments of the Chicano Movement
and the greater Mexican-American community. Discernable themes in his works across the platforms are issues of Chicano identity
and culture, as well as issues concerning Mexican-American civil rights.
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