Virginia Jaramillo and the Art of Sci-Fi and Cosmology
A pioneer in minimalist art, Virginia Jaramillo incorporated her love of science fiction and cosmology into her art. Although overlooked for decades, Jaramillo is finally getting the recognition that is long overdue.
Jaramillo was born in El Paso, Texas in 1939, and grew up in a multicultural neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Like Philip Guston and Jackson Pollock before her, she attended Manual Arts High School. Known for its progressive art curriculum — students drew and painted from nude models, for example — the school “opened up vast horizons,” the artist told Hyperallergic. On weekends, Jaramillo’s instructor took her and a small group of other students to Charles and Ray Eames’s studio and offices for films and talks. There, Jaramillo was introduced to design, architecture, and “a philosophy of structure and the purity of form.” These discoveries opened “a different way of seeing” for Jaramillo and would guide her artistic thinking and output in the following decades.
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