Selena, Celia Cruz and more Celebrated with Latin Music Legends Stamps
03/16/2011 - 10:30 | 1 Comment|
Selena, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz have been honored with special edition stamps from the United States postal office that go on sale today! The stamps, painted by San Diego-based artist Rafael Lopez, were designed to evoke the music and personalities of each iconic musician.
On his personal blog, Lopez says, "These five dynamic individuals continue to inspire future generations of musicians. I hoped to paint portraits that would resonate for their families and fans. I felt compelled to give it all I had as an artist to communicate the essence of these legends, their spirit, style and sound."
Click through to check out Lopez's beautiful designs and to learn a little bit about each of the musicians highlighted by the USPS this year.
Texas-born Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971-1995)—known to fans simply as Selena—helped transform and popularize Tejano music by integrating techno-hip-hop beats and disco-influenced dance movements with a captivating stage presence. A Grammy recipient, the “Queen of Tejano” broke gender barriers with record sales and awards. Even after her tragic death, Selena remains an important representative of Latino culture.