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Eduardo Carrillo


Master of the Keyboard

Oil on multiple joined paneles, cut outs with inserts
86.625 x 63 x 2 in.
Gift of Juliette Carrillo

Eduardo Carrillo attended Catholic schools in Los Angeles and after high school went to Los Angeles City College. In 1956, he transferred to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied with painters Stanton Macdonald-Wright and William Brice. In 1960, he traveled to Europe and studied for a year at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain, paying particular attention to the work in the Museo del Prado by Hieronymus Bosch, Diego Velasquez, and El Greco. After returning to Los Angeles in 1961, Carrillo resumed his studies earning both his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1962 and Master of Fine Arts at UCLA in 1964. In 1966, he moved to his ancestral home in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico and founded a center for the revival and study of regional crafts.

Master of the Keyboard, 1965–66 is from the period when Carrillo was teaching art through Extension at University of California, San Diego, while in the process of moving to Mexico. The surrealist landscape in Master of the Keyboard looks like it could be of La Paz, and the doorway embedded in the rock formation at the top center opens to a neighborhood that could be a remembered view into from his grandfather’s house there. Moving to Baja meant a big change culturally for Carrillo, and the circular saws in Master of the Keyboard could be a metaphor for how he was feeling about the split being created between the world he came from in Los Angeles and the world he was moving to in Baja.

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