*One Week Exhibition*
Gilbert Luján was born in French Camp, California in 1940, to parents of Mexican and indigenous ancestry from West Texas. He moved to East Los Angeles when he was 6 months old, where he spent the majority of his childhood and adolescence. After serving in the Air Force, Luján earned his B.A. in ceramic sculpture from California State University, Long Beach, and then his M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. In the early 70s he worked as the Art Director for the East L.A. art journal Con Safos, through which he met the other members of the artist collective Los Four (Frank Romero, Carlos Almaraz, and Roberto de la Rocha), which he co-founded. Following the success of Los Four, Luján became at teacher at Fresno City College and later Pomona College. In 1990 he was commissioned as a design principal for the Hollywood & Vine station on the Metro Rail Red Line. Luján is best known for his use of colorful imagery, anthropomorphic animals, cars with exaggerated proportions and Dia De Los Muertos installation altars. Luján passed away on July 24, 2011, at the age of 70. This small exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery is both a celebration of Luján's life and career, as well as a traditional Mexican ofrenda, and opens on Day of the Dead.