I paint what I see around me, and I look with an accusing eye at what man has created...I am just a filter, a many-colored voice...I paint to kill La Muerte, and also to kill Cruelty, Injustice, Violence, Ignorance and Hypocrisy. —Luis Cruz Azaceta, from an interview with Friehelm Mennekes,1988
Luis Cruz Azaceta studied with the famed Neo-Expressionist artist Leo Golub and has been represented by New York's prestigious Frumkin Adams Gallery since the mid-1970s; now George Adams Gallery. His work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has recently had solo exhibitions at Galeria Ramis Barquet in Chelsea, New York, Fredic Snitzer Gallery in Miami and Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans among others. Cruz Azaceta was born in Havana in 1942. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1960 shortly after Castro's revolution and became a U.S. citizen in 1967. As the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair of Art for 2005–06, Cruz Azaceta gave a public lecture about his work on August 30,2005. He had an exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Visual Arts Building in February 2006.