Cheech Marin, one half of the seminal stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong, and the world’s foremost collector of Chicano art. In addition to receiving the distinction of Arts Patron of the Year and celebrating his birthday with a big opening night bash, Marin has filled Los Angeles gallery Thomas Paul Fine Art’s booth at the fair with works by young Chicano artists. With the works safely installed and his birthday party preparations underway — he turns 66 on Friday — Marin spoke to ARTINFO about bringing Chicano art east, and how he decided to become a champion of the under-appreciated genre in the first place.
You can find another interview with Cheech Marin in The Wall Street Journal: Art Goes Up in Smoke.
Photo: Bryan Thomas for The Wall Street Journal