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Man on Fire

1969 Luis Jiménez Born: El Paso, Texas 1940 Died: Hondo, New Mexico 2006 fiberglass in acrylic urethane resin on painted wood fiberboard base 106 1/4 x 80 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. (269.9 x 203.8 x 74.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated © 1969, Luis Jiménez 1979.124 Not currently on view

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Jiménez’s Man on Fire recasts an iconic Native American in contemporary terms. Employing a pop art style of slick, hot-rod surfaces, the artist conflated references to Cuauhtémoc, the Aztec ruler tortured by fire during the Spanish conquest, and Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist monk who set himself ablaze in protest against the Vietnam War. For Jiménez, the monk’s act resonated with the rising antiwar sentiment in many Latino communities. Jiménez’s brown figure - which was also a self-portrait – also asserts the Native identity of Chicanos and the community’s roots in the Southwest prior to 1848.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013


Allegory - element - fire

Figure male - full length

Figure male - nude


glass - fiberglass