Abraham Cruzvillegas, ‘Taxi Driver’, 2007, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $12,000

Abraham Cruzvillegas is best-known for his precarious sculptural installations composed of found objects and everyday materials. This drawing traced from a poster for the 1976 film Taxi Driver jokingly proposes his affinity for the movie’s antihero and his crusade to “clean up” the muck of New York.

About Abraham Cruzvillegas

Inspired by the civic-minded and resourceful Ajusco neighborhood in Mexico City where he grew up, Abraham Cruzvillegas creates sculptures, films, and installations that demonstrate the interconnectedness of people and things. Working under the rubric of “Autoconstrucción,” Cruzvillegas employs such common materials as scarves, pieces of fruit, animal feces, and handmade crafts to create a folk art aesthetic. His AC Mobile (2008)—a vehicle made with objects including modified bicycles, a car stereo, video projector, and a tea flask—reflects the DIY nature of both Cruzvillegas’s art and the artist’s ever-shifting identity.

Mexican, b. 1968, Mexico City, Mexico, based in Mexico