John Leguizamo

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Exhibition Label
Born Bogotá, Colombia
The chameleon-like John Leguizamo first won over audiences in 1991 as the star and writer of Mambo Mouth, where he portrayed seven different Latino characters to sold-out theaters off Broadway. The award-winning production has been followed by four other critically acclaimed one-person shows: Spic-O-Rama (1993), Freak (1998), Sexaholic (2001), and Ghetto Klown (2011). With his signature fast pace and raunchy humor, Leguizamo sources much of his stage material from his unlikely path—from a working-class family in Queens to Broadway and Hollywood. He has played myriad characters in film, including a lowlife criminal (Carlito’s Way, 1993), drag queen (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, 1995), and Toulouse-Lautrec (Moulin Rouge, 2001), among others. In this portrait, we see a hint of histrionic mischief through his angled gaze at the audience.
John Leguizamo nacido en 1964
Nacido en Bogotá, Colombia
John Leguizamo es un actor camaleónico que captó la atención del público en 1991 como protagonista y autor de Mambo Mouth, obra en la que interpretaba siete personajes latinos y que se presentó a teatro lleno en el circuito “off Broadway”. A esa premiada producción han seguido otros cuatro espectáculos unipersonales de gran éxito de crítica: Spic-O-Rama (1993), Freak (1998), Sexaholic (2001) y Ghetto Klown (2011). Con el humor ágil y crudo que lo caracteriza, Leguizamo basa gran parte de su material teatral en su asombrosa trayectoria desde un hogar de clase trabajadora en Queens hasta Broadway y Hollywood. Ha interpretado un sinnúmero de papeles en el cine, entre ellos un delincuente (Carlito’s Way, 1993), un transformista (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, 1995) y el pintor Toulouse-Lautrec (Moulin Rouge, 2001). En este retrato observamos un toque histriónico y travieso en el sesgo de la mirada que dirige al espectador.
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (nacido en 1952)
Impresión por inyección de tinta, 2011
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© 2011 Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
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May 2011
Object number
NPG.2015.28
Artist
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, born 16 Feb 1952
Sitter
John Leguizamo, born 22 Jul 1964
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Chain
John Leguizamo: Male
John Leguizamo: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
John Leguizamo: Performing Arts\Producer
John Leguizamo: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
John Leguizamo: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Portrait
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
Image: 86.2 × 68.5 cm (33 15/16 × 26 15/16")
Sheet: 101.8 × 76.1 cm (40 1/16 × 29 15/16")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Photograph