Michael Lucero

(Tracy, California, 1953 - )



Ink and colored pencil on paper

21 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (54.1 x 19.1 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts an


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A ceramist, Lucero ventures beyond traditional uses of clay into painting, installation and archaeology. An ardent admirer of global cultures, he incorporates stylistic references from Pre-Columbian, Native American, European and African cultures into his work. His complex forms comment on the changing nature of our society. This untitled drawing was done on an unfolded paper bag, giving it the feeling of something fleeting or insignificant. Yet the composition is complete. Whether a spontaneously rendered idea or a deliberate use of a paper remnant, the totem form he draws is part landscape, part abstraction.