• Eduardo Carrillo, The Aerialist, 1994. Oil on canvas, 76 x 51 in. Private collection.
    Testament of the Spirit
    Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo
    June 24, 2018 — October 07, 2018
Eduardo Carrillo, Testament of the Holy Spirit. 1971. Oil on panel, 47 3/4 x 60 in. Crocker Art Museum Purchase with funds from the Maude T. Pook Acquisition Fund.
Eduardo Carrillo, Las Tropicanas. 1972–73. Oil on panel, 84 x 132 in. Crocker Art Museum, Promised Gift of Juliette Carrillo and Ruben Carrillo.
Eduardo Carrillo, Self Portrait. 1960. Oil on canvas, 29 1/2 X 27 3/4 in. Private collection.
Eduardo Carrillo, Untitled (Still Life with Santo Niño Candle). 1989. Watercolor on paper, 15 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. Private collection, Davis, California.
Eduardo Carrillo, Portrait of Don Leandro. 1987. Oil on canvas, 34 1/2 x 38 in. Private collection, Davis, California.
Eduardo Carrillo, Ed's Glasses. n.d. Watercolor on paper, 7 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. Private collection.

Eduardo Carrillo’s artwork has been described as mystical, realistic, surreal, and visionary. His imagery, whether grounded in the everyday world or infused with magical realism, reflects his relationship to his native California and to his Mexican heritage, as well as to his early religious upbringing and respect for European traditions in art. An inspirational leader who actively challenged racism and injustice, Carrillo created programs and platforms that promoted greater awareness of Latin American culture, aesthetics, and social concerns, significantly advancing the recognition and appreciation of Chicano art and culture in California.

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo highlights the creative efforts and social importance of Carrillo as artist, teacher, scholar, and social activist. It showcases work created for three distinct realms: the public, the private, and the museum. The artist’s murals are featured in the full-color, bilingual exhibition catalogue. Intimate watercolors and paintings describe the artist’s everyday life in self-portraits, still lifes, and images of people and places he held dear. Large-scale visionary paintings — Carrillo’s masterpieces — reveal his complex and creative mind. The exhibition also includes the bilingual video Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement, by Pedro Pablo Celedón.

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo will be accompanied by an extensive, full-color, bilingual catalogue with an introduction by guest curator Susan Leask, as well as essays by Philip Brookman, Gilberto Cárdenas, Maureen Davidson, Tim Drescher, Michael Duncan, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Terezita Romo, and Christina Waters.

Read more in our blog, The Oculus, here.

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