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María Cortés González, El Paso Times Published 1:48 p.m. MT Feb. 20, 2018 | Updated 3:45 p.m. MT Feb. 20, 2018

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Margarita “Mago” Gándara shares assets from her sketchbook in El Paso, afterwards beat Juárez in 2011.(Photo: TIMES FILE PHOTO)

Borderland muralist Margarita “Mago” Gándara, whose personality was as admirable as her accessible murals, died Sunday of accustomed causes. She was 89 years old.

“She had aloof acclaimed her altogether on Feb. 8 and we gave her a admirable birthday,” said her son, John Gándara, who was her caretaker.

Mago Gándara, who was a muralist in Juárez and El Paso for abounding years, is able-bodied accepted for her all-embracing murals — one of which is the “Señor Sol” on the ancillary bank of the above Solar Energy Building, now a restaurant, by Bowie High School.

“Señor Sol” by Margarita “Mago” Gándara is on the ancillary bank of the above Solar Energy Building, now a restaurant, by Bowie High School. (Photo: Courtesy Miguel Juarez)

Another acclaimed mural, “Time and Sand,” is central the El Paso Community College campus on the East Side. It was painted from 1975-78 by Gándara and her acceptance at the Logan Heights campus.

Her aftermost assignment was a carve of St. Francis of Assisi at her home in Central El Paso.

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“The St. Francis was her final achievement. She was actual appreciative to accept accomplished it. She had formed on it for like bristles or six years,” he said.

The sculpture, which is 12 anxiety long, is a accolade to the angel saint of animals and is fabricated of bottle and ceramic.

 

A carve by artisan Margarita “Mago” Gándara adorns the advanced backyard of her home on Altura Avenue in Central El Paso. The artist, who larboard Mexico because of afterlife threats, lived and formed in El Paso. (Photo: MARK LAMBIE/EL PASO TIMES)

 

Longtime acquaintance and artisan Hal Marcus, who alleged her an access in his life, said Gándara was a strong, absolute woman and chargeless spirit way afore it was fashionable.

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“I liked to anticipate of her as the Georgia O’Keeffe of El Paso and Juárez because she was a actual absolute woman. She did her own affair no amount what anyone said. She was actual in tune with her own art,” Marcus said.

He added, “She had a admirable faculty of amusement and wit and wasn’t abashed to actor people.”

As an artist, she abstruse from some acclaimed and now gone artists, such as Urbici Soler, the sculptor of the Mount Cristo Rey statue, and was a abutting acquaintance of artisan Manuel Acosta.

Her son said he had been demography her for rides in the arid for the accomplished few years and that was alarming her abate works.

“She would aloof beam because we would acquisition amaranthine anchorage and aloof see area they took us. She aloof admired the arid and the clouds,” he said.

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The artist, originally from Juárez, confused to El Paso in 2011 along with the bags of bodies who approved assurance from organized abomination violence.

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She was advised a cogent bound artist and was accounting about in a 2000 book, “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: Women in American History,” (Rowan and Littlefield), by columnist Kristie Lindenmayer.

“She belongs to a baddest accumulation of individuals who are absolutely bound artists … bodies who alive and aftermath art in both the United States and Mexico and who accept abstruse to live, accommodate and cross the ‘borderisms’ on a circadian basis,” Lindenmayer wrote. “Mago Gándara’s art reflects the aspect of the U.S.-Mexico bound region.”

She is survived by bristles children: Celia Orona, David Orona, Raquel Orona, Vincent Orona and John Gándara.

Funeral arrange are pending. A anniversary of her activity will be planned.

María Cortés González may be accomplished at 546-6150; mcortes@elpasotimes.com; @EPTMaria on Twitter.

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