Image Credits: Puro Chingon Collective, 2016. Photo Courtesy of Roj Rodriguez.
From left to right: Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi,
James Huizar, and Claudia Zapata
The Puro Chingón Collective is a Latinx art trifecta specializing in happenings, design, art toys, and zines. Collective members are three Austin, Latinx artists: Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi, James Huizar, and Claudia Zapata. In 2012, the Collective formed after their initial creation of ChingoZine, a Latinx arts publication. ChingoZine is part of the Barnard Zine Library Collection, Pratt Institute Libraries, and Texas A&M University Zine Collection among several other libraries and research centers. In 2013, the Collective initiated The Puro Chingón Social Club, a monthly Latinx–themed interactive cinema program presented at the North Door in Austin, Texas. The collective designed the Pachanga Latino Music Festival and debuted their designer toy line, Chingolandia in 2014. Their designer toys are currently part of the permanent collection of the Mexic-Arte Museum. The Collective has worked with Birds Barbershop, Fusebox Festival, Trans-Pecos Festival, Creative Action, and Juiceland. The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection currently houses their official archives. Please email [email protected] for any inquiries.