Luis Cruz Azaceta
Luis Cruz Azaceta was born in 1942, in Havana, Cuba.
In 1966 he enrolled at the School of Visual Arts. He received a BFA in 1969.
After graduating he went for a brief time to Europe where he was inspired by the masterpieces he saw in museums there. But upon his return to the U.S., it was the stark imagery of urban life in New York which came to dominate his work and lead him toward his expressionistic style. By 1975 his work was beginning to appear in various gallery exhibitions; in 1978 he had his first solo exhibition at the Frumkin Gallery in Chicago and exhibited at the Frumkin Gallery in New York City regularly through 1995.
From 1981 to 1984 he held a succession of teaching positions at the University of California at Davis, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, the University of California at Berkeley and the Cooper Union in New York City. He then remained in New York until 1992.
Azaceta has also had solo exhibitions at the Cayman Gallery, New York (1978); the New World Gallery of Miami-Dade Community College (1978); the Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis (1981); and the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York (1986); The Queens Museum, New York (1991). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including "Crimes of Compassion," Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia (1981); "Beast," P.S. 1, New York (1982); "Hispanic Art in the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (1987); "Art of the Fantastic: Latin America, 1920-1987," Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana (1987); "Latin American Artists in New York Since 1970," Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin (1987); "Committed to Print: Social and Political Themes in Recent American Printed Art," and "Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century," The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1988 and 1993 respectively).
Cruz Azaceta has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Cintas Foundation.
He lives with his family in New Orleans.