His grandfather created blown glass inMexico His father came to the United States aspiringto become a professional artist His father won a nationwide contest, but wasnot paid because of the Great Depression His father used his artistic abilities to createsigns as an entrepreneur in El Paso, Texas
He was born July 30, 1940 He was born in El Paso, Texas He began learning about his father’s signbusiness at an early age (fiberglass signs) He graduated from The University of Texaswith a degree in Fine Arts in 1964 He went to Mexico City to study art He went to New York City to study art He began creating large sculptures withfiberglass
1969 – Man On FireJimenez’s sculpture of a “burning” manrepresented Buddhist Monks who setthemselves on fire in protest against theVietnam War, and the story of the AztecEmperor Cuauhtémoc who was tortured withwas tortured with fire by aSpanish Conquistador.
Vaquero was his first sculpture as a publiccommission. The sculpture was of a Mexicancowboy waving a pistol. Even though thesculpture was historically correct, it provedvery controversial because ofsubject matter. The sculptureis now at the SmithsonianMuseum of Art inWashington, D.C.
1989-Border Crossingshowed a man carryinghis family on his shouldersacross the Rio GrandeRiver into theUnited States.