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Carlos Almaraz 1941-1989 American

Lot 108

Cowboys, 1987

Oil on canvas

70" x 60"

Signed Almaraz, verso

$40,000 - $60,000

Provenance: Private Collection, Paradise Valley, Arizona acquired from Marilyn Butler Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona in 1987

Almaraz was born in Mexico City, but lived as a young child in Chicago and later in California.   Almaraz's family lived in communal housing with other Mexicans which greatly influenced his work.  Cowboys is a tribute to the Vaqueros and their prideful jobs of herding cattle.

Carlos Almaraz is remembered as one of the Los Four, an organization that managed to bring attention from mainstream art critics and painters to the Chicano street arts movement.   In 1992 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art honored him with a tribute exhibition.   Craig Krull Gallery, who represents the Estate, opened an exhibition in September 2011 with artwork from the 70’s and 80’s, in conjunction with the Getty Research Institute's "Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980".   Almaraz was also featured in the corresponding "Pacific Standard Time" exhibitions, including “MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985” at the Museum of Latin American Art and “Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement” at the Fowler Museum.