Lupita

2017

Object

Artist

Ramiro Gomez

Country

Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2017.142A-B

Medium/Technique

acrylic paint and plastic spray bottle on cardboard

Credit

Purchase with funds from Vicki and Kent Logan
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More Info

Dimensions

height: 50 in, 127 cm; width: 86 in, 218.44 cm; depth: 5 in, 12.7 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Known Provenance

Purchased by the Denver Art Museum from Charlie James Gallery, 2017.

Caption

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

Extended Info

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.

Exhibition History

  • “Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place” — Denver Art Museum, 2/19/2017 – 10/22/2017