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 Luis Alfonso Jr Jimenez  (1940 - 2006)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico      Known for: mod-west-sculptor, sketch, prints

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Pop Tune, 1968
© 2001 Luis Jimenez / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Using "low brow" materials including fiberglass and plastic, he creates satirical comments about American life. He also works in bronze, and his images depict modern pop culture including the stereo-typical American West.

Jimenez was born July 30, 1940, in El Paso, Texas, and started working with his father in a custom sign shop early on.  There he learned how to form large metal pieces.

Jimenez studied at the University of Texas, changing his major from architecture to art, much to the chagrin of his father, who supposedly did not speak to him for several years. (1997 interview with Jimenez, Dallas Morning News).  After graduation he went to New York City, where he had his first exhibition in 1969.  He moved back to El Paso in 1972, finding success creating public art and other commissions.

A major exhibition of his work was held in January/February, 1999 at the Moody Gallery in Houston, Texas. At the same time, a traveling exhibition was launched from the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston.

His massive fiberglass sculptures are on display in parks, museums and other public places around the United States, often sparking dialogue and controversy.

Luis Jimenez died in a work-related accident on June 13, 2006, when he and two employees were hoisting a part of a large sculpture, The Mustang, designated for the Denver Airport.  The artpiece loosened and fell on Jimenez, who got pinned to steel support and suffered severe trauma to his leg.  Luis Jimenez, Jr. was 65 years old.

Obituary, Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2006

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