In-Sight: The Artists and Writers of San Quentin Prison – Luis Maciel (#K-97700)

Gift Shop
Gift Shop by Luis Maciel

Founded in 2015 by London-based artist Nicola White, Art Reach is a charity which gives purpose and hope to death row inmates in the US, providing art materials, regular meaningful contact, and the opportunity to exhibit their work here in the UK. To support the valuable work that Nicola is doing to support some of America’s most ostracised citizens, and to recognise the human rights of death row inmates in the US and beyond, we will be dedicating the next few weeks to the artwork and writing of the men she supports at San Quentin Prison, California.


Luis Maciel
Luis Maciel was sentenced to death in 1998.

Luis creates Chicano Artwork – and it helps him to make sense of his environment. He uses pen and markers, and he spends seven hours a day drawing. One drawing can take several weeks such is the detail – and it is all done freehand. Luis has been drawing for over 30 years and he usually has only ever drawn for his family.

He started expressing himself through his drawings when he was in Youth Authority which is prison for youngsters. His drawing The Struggle depicts life on San Quentin death row. Two other vibrant drawings called Warning and Aztecs depict the story of his country, Mexico.

Be sure to pop along to THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION: Redemption versus Death at the Old Deptford Cinema before the end of April to witness in full effect the many talents of San Quentin’s death row artists.


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