Luis Jiménez

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Exhibition Label
Born El Paso, Texas
Best known for his powerful and colorful monumental fiberglass sculptures, Luis Jiménez created art that affirmed both Chicano and American types and history throughout his career. He spent most of his life in New Mexico after studying art and architecture at the University of Texas and launching his career in New York City. One of his most important sculptures, Man on Fire (1969), visually combines the story of the Aztec ruler Cuauhtémoc, tortured by fire by Spanish conquistadors, and the self-immolation of Buddhist monks protesting the Vietnam War. A transformative work, it is owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which also displays another masterpiece, Vaquero (1980), at the entrance to the building on G Street. Charles Rushton photographed Jiménez as part of his series of portraits of New Mexico artists.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Charles R. Rushton
Restrictions & Rights
© 1991 Charles Rushton
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Object number
Charles R. Rushton, born 1943
Luis Jiménez, 30 Jul 1940 - 13 Jun 2006
Luis Jiménez: Visual Arts\Artist
Luis Jiménez: Male
Luis Jiménez: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor
United States\New Mexico
Gelatin silver print
Image: 17.2 x 21 cm (6 3/4 x 8 1/4")
Sheet: 20.2 x 25.4 cm (7 15/16 x 10")
National Portrait Gallery