David Tineo


His canvases are brilliant.  The figures in his paintings are larger than life.  From his brush come stories that embrace traditional Mexican legends.  David Tineo is a globally-recognized painter and muralist whose bold, colorful works bring the myths, folktales, the spiritual truths behind them, and unique perspectives on the paradox of Mexican-American identity in the United States.

There is more to David Tineo’s artwork that can be seen by the naked eye.  We know this simply because the artist himself cannot see his work.  David Tineo is blind and has been so for the last sixteen years.  Though his career as a teacher was cut short by macular degeneration that in 2004 came from nowhere and left him legally blind, it could not stop him from being an artist.


Tineo’s world is now one not of darkness but of white, painful glare.  It prevents him from discerning light, shadow, or different shades of color.  And so, determined to continue painting, Tineo has learned to “see” with his hands.  He lays his canvases flat upon tables (and bigger works upon the floor) and uses silicon caulk to outline the artwork he sees in his head.  The adhesive creates a raised, three-dimensional surface that allows him to feel his paintings.  David then gives the work subtle textures with a wet sponge before applying his paints.  This tactile style of painting has changed over the years, and David’s artwork has evolved with it, becoming more symbolic, the colors more direct, and the ideas more immediate.


It is for these reasons, among others, that his later paintings have more impact and feel than earlier works.  The textures are not just visual; they’re real and can be felt by the hand, heart, and eye.


Recipient of the Arizona Governor's Arts Award in 2006, Tineo was honored for his tireless work on mural projects for children at more than 200 local schools and his participation in an Art for the People initiative that focused on exposing at-risk kids to art training, expression and experience.  In spite of his failing eyesight, Tineo continues to be an influence on innumerable youth groups, neighborhood programs and community-based organizations.


The 21 pieces presented here were made by Tineo during a conversation at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop.  Always creating, Tineo works with whatever is handy and available.  On this occasion, a stack of Styrofoam plates on the table and a permanent marker in his pocket provided the medium.  Tilting his head and getting as close as possible to each plate, Tineo created these one of a kind pieces that were influenced by the flow of the conversation.


An eternal supporter of our organization, Tineo offers these collectible works as a mini-fundraiser for our gallery, donating all proceeds to us.  Each piece can be purchased for $20 each or all 21 for $400. 


Thank You David!


To learn more about David Tineo see his entry in Wikipedia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Tineo

Tucson, Arizona


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© 2015 by Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop 

218 E. 6th Street, Tucson, AZ  85705

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