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Michael Lucero and the Lady with Two Curls Michael Luceros artwork expands traditional Western ideas about what art is the origin of art and how to unify cultural artifact-styled pieces in a utilitarian way His work is distinguished by the different ways that he incorporates many cultures including Pre-Columbian Native American European Afro-Carolinian and the vernacular and popular media This fusion helps our own understanding of art on a different level one centered around the oneness of all cultures identities and societies Michael Lucero was born and raised in suburban California As a child he and his family often made summer visits to his maternal grandparents house in Las Vegas New Mexico Their adobe style house was very different from the modern style of his house in California He was amazed by the Native American artwork in the area and would always play in the arroyo that his grandparents lived on the edge of Above all he enjoyed playing with reptiles amphibians and insects This playing often carries over into his work when illustrating a certain animal or insect on his pieces His undergraduate work was done at Humboldt State University and in 1978 he received his MFA degree from the University of Washington There he mostly worked with shards and concentrated mostly on scale and how the sculptured form is presented or displayed Traditionally most sculpted pieces are displayed on pedestals of some sort but he chose to suspend many of his pieces in free form from the ceiling Soon after receiving his graduate degree he moved to New York to continue his work in ceramics and later abruptly stopped working in ceramics and started to work on bronze sculpture Though raised Catholic he recently discovered that his ancestral past is linked to the Sephardic strain of Judaism as these Jews were thrown out of Spain during the Inquisition and hid in Latin America and Mexico Much of the images in his work
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