Lupita

Lupita

2017
Artist
Ramiro Gomez
Country
United States
painting
acrylic paint and plastic spray bottle on cardboard
Purchase with funds from Vicki and Kent Logan
2017.142A-B

Ramiro Gomez
Lupita, 2017
Acrylic paint and plastic spray bottle on cardboard
Purchase with funds from Vicki and Kent Logan, 2017.142A-B
© Ramiro Gomez

Dimensions
height: 50 in, 127 cm; width: 86 in, 218.44 cm; depth: 5 in, 12.7 cm
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art

In the art world, Gomez is most recognized for his large scale acrylic canvas paintings, which often pay homage to California modernists  “Lupita” marks an important shift in the artist’s practice with the incorporation of his flat canvas painting techniques into his DIY cardboard aesthetic. “Lupita” tells the personal story of a twenty-one year old janitor who the artist met during a site-visit in Denver. After shadowing the young woman during her shift at the museum, Gomez was struck by the similarities between Lupita and his mother, who is currently employed as a janitor at an elementary school. Gomez inserted a figure pushing a garbage bin above several layers of bubblegum pink sheets of torn cardboard. Reflecting on Lupita as his muse Gomez says, “It’s important for me to highlight these people that are not going to be recorded in art history.”

Ramiro Gomez was born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California.

Known Provenance
Purchased by the Denver Art Museum from Charlie James Gallery, 2017.
Exhibition History
  • “Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place” — Denver Art Museum, 2/19/2017 – 10/22/2017

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