Famed Southwest artist Jose Cisneros dies

President Bush, left, puts his arm around Jose Cisneros, center, an historical illustrator from El Paso, Texas, as first lady Laura Bush looks on during the National Endowment for the Arts Awards ceremony at Constitution Hall, Monday, April 22, 2002, in Washington. Cisneros was a recipient of the National Humanities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

November 18, 2009 8:37:13 AM PST
Artist Jose Cisneros, known for his vivid depictions of the people and culture of the Southwest, has died in El Paso. A funeral mass was scheduled Wednesday for Cisneros, who died Saturday, said Dolores Bolanos with Martin Funeral Home in El Paso. Cisneros was 99.

Cisneros was honored with a 2001 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President George W. Bush in April 2002.

Cisneros, who was born in Durango, Mexico, was known for his historical pen-and-ink illustrations of magazines, books and newspapers. The University of Texas-El Paso library, according to its Web site, has more than 100 original drawings by Cisneros.