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Charles "Chaz" Bojórquez Charles Bojórquez, a resident of Mt. Washington, California, began his art career by spray-painting along riverbeds. He spent a summer at art school in Guadalajara, Mexico, and attended classes at Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts) the year before graduating from high school in 1967. By the end of 1969, Bojórquez had created a symbol that represented him and the streets-a stylized skull called Señor Suerte (Mr. Luck). It has become a gangster image of protection from death.

Bojórquez quit what he calls "tagging" in 1986. Three of his paintings are now in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. Four others are owned by the Orange County Museum of Art, which acquired the work because it reflects part of Southern California's culture. Bojórquez is considered one of the few artists who have successfully made the transition from the street to the gallery.

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Chino Latino.
print, 38½" x 32, 2004.
Original: Acrylic on canvas, 72" x 60", 2000.