This L.A. Delivery Man Amassed One of the World’s Largest Collections of Chicano Art
Born 1941 Mexico City, Mexico Died 1989 Los Angeles, California
At the age of one, Carlos Almaraz moved with his family from Mexico to the United States. He spent his early years in Chicago, was involved in the New York City art scene during the 1960s, and eventually settled in East Los Angeles. Almaraz completed his M.F.A. at the Otis/Parsons Art Institute in 1974. Committed to advancing the Chicano cause, during the 1970s he was involved with the farm workers’ movement, the L. A. mural movement, and El Teatro Campesino. He also was one of the founding members of the Chicano art collective, Los Four, along with Gilbert “Magu” Luján, Roberto de la Rocha, and Frank Romero.
Almaraz is best known for his depictions of Echo Park and his freeway car crashes where he captures the L. A. urban landscape with explosive painterly textures and brilliant color.
Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, exhibition tag on verso
Mexican, 1941-1989, Mexico City, Mexico, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States