Eduardo Carrillo exhibition opens Jan. 21 at Pasadena museum

Eduardo Carrillo

Eduardo Carrillo, Cabin in the Sky, 1966. Oil on board, 72 x 58 3/4 inches. Private collection. Image courtesy of PMCA

PASADENA, Calif. – More than 60 paintings and watercolors created by Eduardo Carrillo (1937-1997) over a 40-year period will be exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) from January 21 through June 3, 2018.

Carrillo’s artwork has been described as mystical, realistic, surreal, and visionary. His imagery, whether grounded in the everyday world or infused with magical realism, reflects his relationship to his native California and to his Mexican heritage, as well as to his early religious upbringing and respect for European traditions in art. An inspirational leader who actively challenged racism and injustice, Carrillo created programs and platforms that promoted greater awareness of Latin American culture, aesthetics, and social concerns, significantly advancing the recognition and appreciation of Chicano art and culture in California.

Eduardo Carrillo

Eduardo Carrillo, Ed in the Garden, early 1990s. Watercolor on paper, 19 x 24 inches. Private collection. Image courtesy of PMCA

Titled “Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo,” the exhibition highlights the creative efforts and social importance of Carrillo as artist, teacher, scholar, and social activist. It showcases work created for three distinct realms: the public, the private, and the museum.

The artist’s murals are featured in the full-color, bilingual exhibition catalog. Intimate watercolors and paintings describe the artist’s everyday life in self-portraits, still lifes, and images of people and places he held dear. Large-scale visionary paintings—Carrillo’s masterpieces—reveal his complex and creative mind. The exhibition also includes the bilingual video Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement by Pedro Pablo Celedón.

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