Meet Luis Jimenez

Man On Fire

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Man on Fire
Luis Jiménez, 1969
87 1/4 x 75 1/4 x 19 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated

In Man on Fire Jiménez looks back at his Mexican roots. This sculpture is based on the story of Cuauhtemoc, an eighteen-year-old who organized the Mexican people and drove the Spaniards from Mexico City during the time of Montezuma. When caught, he was tortured with fire. Jiménez created this flaming man in the late 1960s during the Vietnam War. He had seen photographs of Vietnamese monks who set themselves on fire to protest the war. He also shared the rage of many Chicanos who believed that a disproportionate number of young Mexican American men were drafted to serve in Southeast Asia.

En Man on Fire, Jiménez dirige la mirada a sus raíces mexicanas. Esta escultura se basa en la historia de Cuauhtemoc, joven de 18 años que movilizó al pueblo mexicano y arrojó a los españoles de la Ciudad de México en tiempos de Montezuma. Apresado, fue condenado a la hoguera. Jiménez creó esta figura de un hombre envuelto en llamas a finales de los años sesenta, durante la guerra de Vietnam. Había visto fotografías de monjes que se inmolaban y morían abrasados en protesta por la guerra. También compartía la indignación de muchos chicanos, que creían que un número desproporcionado de jóvenes americanos de origen mexicano era reclutado y enviado al Sudeste de Asia.

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Artist Luis Jimenez
Luis Jimenez at the American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

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Blue Mustang
Visible here at Luis Jiménez's studio are segments of the now famous Blue Mustang sculpture before its completion and installation at the Denver International Airport. The sculpture has fostered debate from its inception and continues to have a compelling public presence, noted here with the New York Times. credit: Ed Andrieski/Associated Press

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"I thought, I can adapt this material to making sculpture."

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Model for "Fiesta"
Model for "Fiesta" Luis Jiménez, 1986 cast fiberglass 19 3/4 x 20 1/4 x 13 in. (50.2 x 51.4 x 33.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service 1987.14.1 The General Services Administration commissioned Luis Jimenez to make Fiesta—Jarabe for the Otay Mesa border station near San Diego, California. The Mexican couple is dancing a traditional Mexican hat dance, called jarabe. The piece is typical of Jimenez’s focus on the Hispanic working class.

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Technical Studies
View additional studies for Fiesta at the American Art Museum.

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Man On Fire
Man on Fire Luis Jiménez, 1969 fiberglass 87 1/4 x 75 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated

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Firefighters Memorial
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio Firefighters dedicate memorial Posted by kturner June 15, 2007 17:59PM

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Luis Jiménez, 1940-2006
Luis Jiménez Born: El Paso, Texas 1940 Died: Hondo, New Mexico 2006

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Luiz Alfonso Jiménez, Jr. was born in Texas. A Sculptor and teacher whose large fiberglass figures capture the color and vigor of Hispanic-American women and men. Jimenez died in his Hondo, New Mexico studio in 2006 while working on the now famous Blue Mustang.

Hi I have visited the museum of Egypt. I saw some pictures there in museum. I think they were made in Abstract art.

Yes! The Anderson Museum is a great place to see Luis Jimenez' work as well as the work of many other contemporary artists. Their website is

A number of Luis Jimenez' fiberglass sculptures as well as some of his drawings, ecthings and lithographs can be viewed at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art located in Roswell, New Mexico at 409 East College Blvd. There is no admission charge for the museum, which covers 22,000 sq. ft. and is a permanent collection of works of art created by artists connected with the Roswell Artist-In-Residence program. Luis Jimenez was one of the artists in this program 1972-73.

i agree lol :)

I saw this guy's work in Austin, TX. I think I mentioned to you about the colorful fiberglass...

this is fascinating.

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