Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Art History 101: Luis Jimenez

One of the perks of living in the Texas Mountain Trail region is being so close to the works of Luis Jimenez, born in El Paso and known for his large fiberglass sculptures with Southwestern and Latino themes. He's considered the "Godfather of Chicano Art."

While this iconic piece, "Vaquero," seen above, has been sold to the Crystal Bridges in Arkansas,
you can still check out the El Paso Museum of Art for more works of this "Native Son." Jimenez's work “Los Lagartos” in San Jacinto Plaza downtown has been removed for renovations but hopefully will be back soon.

Sadly, Jimenez was killed at age 65 when, while moving one of his sculptures, a 32-foot high piece came loose and fell on him. His New York Times obit is here.

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