Luis Cruz Azaceta (1942 - )

Biography

Luis Cruz Azaceta was born on Easter Sunday, 1942.

In 1966 he enrolled full time at the School of Visual Arts, working nights as a clerk in the library of New York University. He kept the job until 1980. He had received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1969. Then he went on to win a series of prestigious grants, including a Guggenheim and two from the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1975, he made a list of galleries in which he would like to show his work. He visited the Allan Frumkin Gallery, casually dressed and carrying some of his canvases, although he knew well the traditional procedure, and Mr. Frumkin accepted his work. He has been associated with Frumkin ever since.

In 1980, he moved to the West Coast, where he taught at the University of California at Davis and then at Berkeley. But his work started to lose its power, its edge and he moved back to New York.

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