Johnson family to accept gift of Lyndon B. Johnson portrait

Apr 01, 2008

Gift from prominent San Antonio civic leader-Portrait by famous Hispanic artist, Jesse Treviño

(Austin) - Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, will participate in a ceremony where a portrait of her father will be given to the LBJ Library & Museum.

The painting is a gift to the Library from Dr. Alfonso Chiscano, his wife Mary- Alice, and their children. Dr. Chiscano is a cardiovascular surgeon in San Antonio and was responsible for establishing a Canary Islands office in that city where he presides as President of the Friends of the Canary Islands Association. For more than 30 years, San Antonio has had a sister city relationship with the Canary Islands that has produced exchanges in education, culture, trade, and development.

A native of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, Dr. Chiscano received his medical degree from the University of Barcelona. He helped organize the first cardiac surgery unit in the Canary Islands.

Dr. Chiscano currently holds the Alfonso Chiscano Professorship Chair for Cardiovascular Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. From 1971 - 1972, he studied under the supervision of Dr. Denton Cooley in Houston.


The portrait was painted in 1962 by Jesse Treviño when he was in high school and Johnson was Vice-President. Treviño also painted a portrait of President John F. Kennedy; that portrait has apparently been lost, making the Johnson painting even more significant.

After high school, Treviño was studying painting in New York when he was drafted and served in the Vietnam War. There, Treviño lost his right hand in an explosion, returning to San Antonio in 1967. He spent two years in the hospital, then was able to attend college, and eventually learned to paint with his left hand. Treviño has become one of America's finest and most famous artists, focusing on Latin-American culture. Two of his paintings are in the collection of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. (

"We're grateful that this early work from a significant artist has found its place in the LBJ Library, '' said Dr. Betty Sue Flowers, Director of the LBJ Library & Museum. The portrait will become part of the permanent collection.

The label on the portrait will read:

LBJ by Jesse Treviño

Oil on canvas, 1962

Gift of Alfonso Chiscano, MD and Mary-Alice Chiscano, RN and their

children: Kristie, Steve, Carina and Todd