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was a Mexican-born American artist known for brightly colored murals and paintings. Often focused on themes of city life, human plight, and his Chicano heritage, Almaraz captured the pulse of his subject matter with stylized forms and neon hues. Art is a record, a document that you leave behind showing what you saw and felt when you were alive. That's all, he once said. Born on October 5, 1941 in Mexico City, Mexico, he and his family moved to Los Angeles while he was still an infant. Almaraz went on to study at the University of California, Los Angeles and received his MFA from the Otis Art Institute in 1974. During the 1970s, the artist became involved with César Chávezs farm workers movement and befriend fellow Chicano artists such as Frank Romero. Some Almarazs most admired works are views of neighborhoods in his native Los Angeles, as seen in the painting Echo Park Three (1990). The artist died of AIDS-related complications on December 11, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among others.