Cartagena donates painting to token collectors club

LAS VEGAS—Mr. Carlos Cartagena who was born in Guatemala City, Central America, has donated another original painting to the Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club Inc., to be auctioned off during their 17th annual convention in Las Vegas, June 24-27, 2009. The proceeds will support their educational activities.
From a young age, Cartagena’s teachers noticed that he had a natural ability to draw well. He emigrated to the United States In 1981. During his first 10 years in the U.S., he worked in a variety of jobs. In 1988 he became determined to learn illustration skills with an airbrush. Investing all his money in airbrush equipment, he began to teach himself airbrush techniques. He made many mistakes in the process as he progressed. Over time he gained national recognition for his murals on the backs of leather jackets. His work was beginning to reflect "his" sexy pin–up style. In 1995 and 1996 he won first place at Sturgis and Laughlin for his murals created on a custom Harley-Davidson and consequently the covers of Easyriders and Hot Bike magazines.
Advertising went in every magazine from Abercrombie & Fitch to Penthouse, Playboy, Surfer and endless other publications. Fans of Cartagena’s work bought his decals. He received many letters from around the globe praising him for his work. Mr. Cartagena’s pin-ups are now commissioned and licensed worldwide. 
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