Latino/Latin American Studies
Using the name of his hometown's mascot, the Robstown CottonPickers, as his point of departure, Bobby will explore intersections of labor and commuinity and how they play roles in identity and creative practice.
A native of Robstown, Texas, Bobby Marines is a Minnesota-based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the influence of socio-economics, race, and the criminal justice system on Chicano(x) identity. Growing up engulfed by poverty, gang culture, and drug epidemics, his practice references personal experiences which reflect the candid reality of marginalized and underserved communities today. Bobby is the recipient of an Advancing Artist grant from Southeast MN Arts Council in 2015. In 2021, he was awarded a Creative Support for Individuals grant from MN State Arts Board. In 2021 and 2022, he was awarded multiple grants for his online project, Voces y Visiones, which uses art as a catalyst to explore issues in the Latinx community.
His work has been featured in various exhibitions and publications throughout Minnesota and resides in private collections across the country. His work was most recently featured in the group exhibitions “La Línea: 20 Years of Soap del Corazón” at Plains Art Museum, “Mestizaje: Intermix-Remix” at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and “Images Unbound” at the Des Moines Art Center.
Marines, Bobby and Campbell, Bruce, "CottonPicker" (2022). Latino/Latin American Studies Lectures. 35.