When he was a young artist in Mexico,
Luis' father received an art scholarship. He made a plaster
portrait head of his son when Luis was a boy.
He drew a portrait of Luis' mother
when she was a young woman.
However, hard times did not allow him
to pursue art as a career. He supported his family making
signs. Luis remembers helping his father make this polar bear
when Luis was only six years old. The bear was once surrounded
by many-colored arches of neon depicting the northern lights.
When he was 16, Luis worked with his
father making this restaurant sign, once covered with neon
and equipped to crow like a rooster on the hour.
Luis Jiménez' early work
with his father gave him experience making what might be called
public sculptures. Many years later Jiménez still thinks
of himself as a working-class artist who makes public art.