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Cheech Marin's 6 favorite art galleries in Southern California

Artwork at Koplin Del Rio
Artwork at Koplin Del Rio
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Cheech Marin isn't just an actor, director and comedian. He's also a huge collector of Chicano art. He recently published a new book, "Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter}" — and he'll be at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum Tuesday for a live interview. You're invited, and you can get the scoop on the interview/pledge party bash here. 

While we wait for Tuesday, we asked Cheech where he goes to see the best art in town. Here's a list of his favorite SoCal galleries: 

1. Fremont Gallery | South Pasadena | MAP

Located in the heart of downtown South Pasadena, Fremont Gallery specializes in contemporary and fine art with a Latino art emphasis.

2. Craig Krull Gallery and Robert Berman Gallery  | Santa Monica | MAP

Housed under one roof at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, these two venues offer solo artist exhibitions, as well as mid-career-to-established artist shows.

3. Koplin Del Rio Gallery | Culver City | MAP

Right at the heart of downtown Culver City, this gallery is the venue for contemporary painting, drawing and sculpture of both internationally-known and emerging Californian artists. 

4. Avenue 50 Gallery | Highland Park | MAP

If you really want to add a Chicano twist to your art musing, Avenue 50 offers a showcase of Latino and Chicano work for the purpose of educating and stimulating intercultural understanding. Orale!

5. Coagula Curatorial | Chinatown | MAP

Located on the historic Chung King Road of contemporary art galleries in Los Angeles' Chinatown, Coagula Curatorial is the commercial gallery component of the Coagula empire. Check out its art journal, too.  

6. ChimMaya Gallery | East Los Angeles | MAP 

This art gallery east of the L.A. River is a preferred spot for established and emerging artists focused on the world's diverse culture.

What's your favorite art gallery in Southern California? Tell us in the comments below, on Twitter or on Facebook