Salvador Roberto Torres is a Chicano artist who is a cultural activist, educator, and an influential figure in the Chicano
art movement in California. Some of Torres' notable artistic contributions in the San Diego area include leadership in the
creation of Chicano Park and the use of the Coronado Bridge for murals. His collection includes personal correspondences,
photographs, slides, news clippings, reports, sketches, video and audio materials, and silkscreen prints. Materials are contained
in 21 boxes and span from 1934-2002.
Salvador Roberto Torres is a Chicano (Mexican American) artist, born in El Paso Texas, on July 3, 1936. He is considered to
be an important and influential figure in the Chicano art movement, owing as much to his art as to his civic work as a cultural
activist. Torres' primary media are painting and mural painting. Selected exhibitions that have included his work are
"Califas: Chicano Art and Culture in California" (University of California, Santa Cruz, 1981),
"Salvador Roberto Torres" (Hyde Gallery, Grossmont College, San Diego, 1988), the nationally touring
"Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation: 1965-1985", (Wight Art Gallery, UCLA, 1990-1993),
"International Chicano Art Exhibition" (San Diego, 1999),
"Viva la Raza Art Exhibition" (San Diego Repertory Theater Gallery, 2000), and
"Made in California: 1900-2000" (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2000).
12.0 linear feet
(26 boxes, including 2 oversized flat boxes and 4 scrapbook albums, 6 slide albums, audio and video)
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
Collection is open for research. Service copies of audiovisual items may need to be made before viewing or listening. Please
consult Special Collections staff for further information.