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Reefka Schneider is one of the foremost artists of "la frontera," the binational region of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Her artwork reflects the social and economic realities of the border while celebrating the local culture, people, and music. Reefka lives in McAllen, Texas with her poet husband Steven.
Yvonamor Palix, international art curator, likens Reefka's drawings to the work of Francisco Zuniga, noting "Although similar in subject matter, his works do not portray these characters in such a human and real manner." Ricardo Contreras Soto, anthropologist and co-editor of Paz y conflicto religioso: Los indígenes de México, describes Reefka's work as an "estético peligroso" - a dangerous aesthetic. Drawings from Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives were featured in the book Writing Towards Hope: The Literature of Human Rights in Latin America (Yale University Press, 2006) and in the "Afro-Hispanic Review" (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008).
Two Afro-American artists of past and present, Charles White and Dean Mitchell, have influenced Reefka greatly. Dean Mitchell has said, "I would hope that my work can bring people together. Art has a way to bridge and heal wounds." Reefka also strives to give a voice and a face to those who have none.
Reefka has had exhibitions at The University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, the Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas, The International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, Texas, Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, Texas, and the Art Center for the Islands, Port Aransas, Texas. She is represented by Nuevo Santander Gallery in McAllen, Texas.