Find Reference Books

Suggested print sources:

Congdon, Kristin G. Artists from Latin American Cultures: A Biographical Dictionary. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. Print.

Encyclopedia of Latin American & Caribbean Art. London: New York: Macmillan Reference Ltd.; Grove’s Dictionaries, 2000. Print. Grove Encyclopedias of the Arts of the Americas.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Print.

Henkes, Robert. Latin American Women Artists of the United States: The Works of 33 Twentieth-Century Women. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 1999. Print.

Notable Twentieth-Century Latin American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2001. Print.

Shaw, Lisa. Pop Culture Latin America!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2005. Print. Popular Culture in the Contemporary World.

Shipp, Steve. Latin American and Caribbean Artists of the Modern Era: A Biographical Dictionary of More Than 12,700 Persons. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co, 2003. Print.

Online Resources


What you’ll find

 Credo Reference

 Lots and lots of encyclopedias that include biographical  and background on subjects.  Good place to go shopping for topics

 Oxford Art Online

(Source type: Reference) Encyclopedia-type of info, but a little more in-depth.  A very good place to start.  Includes the full text entries of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics


(Source type: Reference) Background and biographical information; entries are often short, however this is a good starting place for you research.

Biography in Context    

Biographical information.  Also provides links to popular (news, reviews, etc.) and scholarly articles.  Includes information on many well-known people, not just artists.