Meet the Artist: Luis Cruz Azaceta

Featured artist Luis Cruz Azaceta whose large-scale painting is on view in Order, Chaos and the Space Between, visits the Museum to discuss his work.

 

Luis Cruz Azaceta left Cuba in 1960 and settled in New York, where from 1966 to 1969 he studied at the School of Visual Arts. He was an important member of the Neo-Expressionist movement that emerged in New York in the 1970s. His work of this period is characterized by a humor lacking in some of the work by European proponents, although he later focused on social issues, such as the AIDS epidemic. In 1985 he won a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting. His works are housed in various national collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

IMAGE: Luis Cruz-Azaceta (United States, b. Cuba, 1942), Rafter: Hell Act II, 1993. Acrylic on canvas, 10' x 10'. Diane and Bruce Halle Collection.

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