Luis Cruz Azaceta

Country: Cuba
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Luis Cruz Azaceta

Luis Cruz Azaceta is a Cuban American artist who was born in 1942, in Havana, Cuba. He is currently living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana; where he has resided since 1992. Azaceta’s artistic formation happened in New York, where he attended the School of Visual Arts, and became an important member of the community.

Azaceta is recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC; the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Grant, New York; the Pollock Krasner Award; and the New York Foundation for the Arts Awards, among others. His work is part of the collection of prestigious museums and institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also in New York; The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas; Whitney Museum of Art, in New York; and The Smithsonian Institute of Art, in Washington DC, just to name a few.

Azaceta has explored political and social themes from the very beginning of his career. Formally he has come to a middle ground between his early expressionistic paintings and the later, almost abstract pieces, like his Museum series, by means of using the iconic brilliant colors of his early works together with the structured composition of his most recent ones. Azaceta’s art is not complacent; it is visceral, aggressive, even intrusive. It is a direct social critique, meant to disrupt; it calls attention to situations he wants to address and wants people to be aware of. At its most profound level, it is a personal rebellion against social inequity.

Luis Cruz Azaceta - Urban Jungle, 2011

Luis Cruz Azaceta - Street Signs: Do not die here from 8 a.m to 6 p.m, 2011

Luis Cruz Azaceta - 'Personajes' Portfolio, 2011

Luis Cruz Azaceta - Bowl, 2006

Luis Cruz Azaceta - Untitled, 1969