DETROIT — Chicano art historian Tomás Ybarra Frausto describes the Spanish slang term rasquache as the concept of “making do” with very little. It loosely translates to tacky or shoddy. Some might even call it ghetto or kitschy.
In describing the art of velvet paintings, rasquache or rasquachismo is fitting. For generations, these pieces have been placed on the mantles of Chicano households from L.A. to Texas, Oklahoma to Michigan, and yet, have never really gotten the recognition they deserve as a legitimate art form. | Read more here.