Carmen Lomas Garza is an American artist and illustrator. She is well known for her paintings, ofrendas and for her papel picado work inspired by her Mexican-American heritage. Her work is a part of the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Mexican Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Oakland Museum of California, among other institutions.
Garza first attended Texas Arts and Industry University (now Texas A&M University, Kingsville). In 1972, she received a BS in art education and a Texas Teaching Certificate at Texas Arts and Industry. During her undergraduate studies, she decided that it was important for her to create art that would be understood by people of all ages. Garza learned to be proud of her culture and wanted to educate others using her art.
Later, Garza received a Master of Education in 1973 at Juarez-Lincoln / Antioch Graduate School and a Master of Art in 1981 from San Francisco State University.
As of 1976, Garza lives in San Francisco, California.
American, b. 1948