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Eduardo Carrillo

American, (1937–1997)
Eduardo Carrillo was a Mexican American artist in El Movimiento who worked for the advancement of Chicano/a/x artists, culture, and civil rights. He was known for his paintings and murals which drew upon his extensive study of European and Mexican art and history. While his formative technical skill was rooted in his study and appreciation of western European Renaissance and Mannerists painters, his time spent living in Baja California also educated him in indigenous peoples art-making techniques and philosophies. The scope of his subject matter spanned surrealist-inspired landscapes, the intersection of Mexican history and myth and Chicano cultural identity, figurative and portrait paintings, traditional landscapes, and still lifes. In 1982, at a time in history when Chicano culture had been engaged with cultural reclamation and identification for over a decade, Carrillo organized the groundbreaking conference Califas: Chicano Art and Culture in California, which brought together artists, cultural workers, art historians, and educators to look at the contributions of Chicano art from 1965 to 1981.

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