Luis Jiménez (sculptor)

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Luis Jimenez or Luis Jiménez (July 30, 1940 – June 13, 2006) was an American sculptor of Mexican descent.[1] He was born in El Paso, Texas and died in New Mexico. He studied art and architecture at the University of Texas in Austin and El Paso, earning a bachelor's degree in 1964. He became an accomplished artist and taught art at the University of Arizona and later the University of Houston.

Jiménez was known for his large polychromed fiberglass sculptures usually of Southwestern and Hispanic themes. His works were often controversial and eminently recognizable because of their themes and the bright, colorful undulating surfaces that Jiménez employed. In 1993, he was a recipient of the New Mexico Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.[2] In 1998 he received a Distinguished Alumni award from the University of Texas in recognition of his artwork.

He was killed in his studio on June 13, 2006 when a large section of Blue Mustang, intended for Denver International Airport, fell on him and severed an artery in his leg. The sculpture was based on the eight-foot-high sculpture Mesteño (Mustang), now on display at the University of Oklahoma.[3]

Jiménez's daughter Elisa is a multimedia artist and fashion designer and was a contestant on Season 4 of Bravo's reality television series Project Runway.[4]


  • Vaquero, Moody Park, Houston, Texas, 1981
  • Sodbuster, Formerly of NP Park , Fargo, North Dakota, 1983 After a much needed restoration Sodbuster has found a new home at Wichita State university as part of the Ulrich Museum of art outdoor sculpture collection.
  • Southwest Pieta, Longfellow Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1983 (declared a national treasure by President Bill Clinton in 1999).

His works can be found in the collections of:

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  2. ^ "The Award Winners". New Mexico Museum of Art. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Luis Jiménez, Mesteño, 1997". Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma. Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Project Runway Official Biography". Bravo. Archived from the original on 2008-12-17. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  5. ^ Border Crossing. New Mexico Museum of Art |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  • Landis, Moore, et al., "Man on Fire, Luis Jiménez, El Hombre en Llamas, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1994
  • Storey, Natalie, Artist Dies in Studio Accident, The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 14, 2006, page 1

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