Author of My War, My Art
Ovidio Garcia is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army and served two terms in Vietnam. He served as an airborne infantryman, a paratrooper, first with the 101st Brigade from 1966-1967 and then with the 173rd Airborne Brigade from 1971-1972. In addition to his military service, Garcia is a naive artist; that is to say, he is an artist who has no formal training in his craft. He is self-taught.
Upon his return from Vietnam, doctors at the Veterans Administration hospital diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD. As a result, Garcia decided to tell the story of his experiences during a traumatic period of his life in My War, My Art. “These events are hard-wired into my brain and I still struggle with many unanswered questions,” Garcia said. He tells his stories with paintings, both in ink and watercolors. Each painting, twenty-seven in all, includes a brief narrative story explaining the experience as he remembers it.
Today Garcia lives in Corpus Christi and is available for presentations to veteran organizations, schools, and civic clubs.