THE LA OFRENDA VETERANS MONUMENT was designed by the artist team of Jesse Treviño and Gabriel Quintero Velasquez. Jesse Treviño is a noted Chicano artist from San Antonio,
Texas who is also a veteran. While attending the Art Students League on scholarship in
New York, with plans to continue his studies in Paris, Treviño received his draft notice for
Vietnam. On February 23, 1967, Treviño was hit by the blast of a booby trap and a sniper’s
bullet. The 19-year-old lay bleeding in a rice paddy, his body peppered with shrapnel.

Ultimately, Treviño lost his right arm and painting hand.  Overcoming physical
pain and depression, he trained himself to paint with his left hand and has since achieved a
prominent place in Chicano and American Art history.

Treviño selected Gabriel Quintero Velasquez as his partner in designing THE LA OFRENDA VETERANS MONUMENT noting Velasquez’s unique ability to create transcultural dialogues
through conceptual architecture. The Treviño/Velasquez design is based on a previous
study by Velasquez that explores an architectural sculpture of scale embodied through the archetype of an indigenous “Ofrenda.” La Ofrenda represents an offering to all veterans alike.