Pomona, California, 26 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Mexican artist Gilbert Luján, also known as Gilbert “Magú” Luján, died this Sunday at the age of 70 of cancer. He was a painter, sculptor, muralist and supporter of Mexican art and artists.
He was a pioneer of the chicano art movement created in the 1960s by his collective, “Los Four”, composed of Carlos Almaraz, Beto de la Rocha, Frank Romero and himself. Judithe Hernandez joined the group in 1973. He was born in 1940 in California, of Mexican descent, and chose to promote Mexican art. He was one of the first members of the chicano movement to gain international renown. He was inspired by the cities and districts where he grew up and lived, such as Fresno and Los Angeles. He used his art to make an impact, in the hope of changing society.
He became interested in art after his military service and in 1969 decided to study sculpture. At the art school,he met many other students and artists and organised numerous cultural associations to encourage people to create art.
He exhibited in several major American institutions, such as LACMA in Los Angeles, Corcoran Gallery in Washington, Brooklyn Museum in New York and Houston Museum of Fine Arts. He taught at Fresno City College and Cal Poly Pomona. He decorated the subway station “Hollywood and Vine”.