From the years of the Great Depression through President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society of the 1960s, Texan Porfirio Salinas (1910-1973) remained one of the state’s best-loved artists. Today, his works remain popular with Texas collectors and those who love landscapes of the beautiful “Hill Country” of central Texas. One of the first Mexican-American painters to become widely recognized for his art, Salinas was a favorite of President Lyndon Johnson and first lady Lady Bird Johnson, as well as of Sam Rayburn, the longest-serving Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Texas Governor John Connelly. In fact, President Johnson was so enamored with his Salinas paintings that the artist will forever be associated with our first Texas-born President. Works by Porfirio Salinas are in a number of museum collections,grace the halls of the Texas State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, and are included in virtually every major private collection of Early Texas Art.  
         
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