About the artist
Rubén Martínez is a journalist, author, and musician. He is the son of Rubén Martínez, a Mexican American who worked as a lithographer, and Vilma Angulo, a Salvadoran psychologist. Among the themes covered in his works are immigrant life and globalization, the cultural and political history of Los Angeles, the civil wars of the 1980s in Central America, and Mexican politics and culture. In August 2012 his book Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West was published by Metropolitan Books.