Dr. Lakra (Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez)(b.1972). Title: Ojo Vigilante .

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Dr. Lakra (Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez)(b.1972). Title: Ojo Vigilante .

Limited edition color lithograph on Guarro Paper.

Hand signed lower right,

numbered 2/50 lower left.

Year: 2008.

Published by Poligrafa, Barcelona.

Sheet Size 76 X 56 cm

Framed Size 90 x 70 cm

Mexican-born Dr. Lakra (Jeronimo Lopez Rami­rez), born in 1972, is a renowned tattoo artist based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Son of Franciso Toledo (widely regarded as one of Mexico's most important contemporary artists) and Elisa Ramirez Castaneda, a Mexican anthropologist and poet. Under his pseudonym, Dr. Lakra ("Dr." because he carried his tattoo equipment in a doctor bag), he draws over vintage printed materials and found objects, manipulating images of pin-up girls, 1940s Mexican businessmen, luchadores, and Japanese sumo wrestlers. His gallery installations are cabinets of curiosities featuring intricate wall paintings of beautiful women, indigenous statues and deities, collages crafted from vintage magazines penned and inked by the artist, human-like insect heads encased in vitrines, dolls that have been transformed into gang members, and images of pin-up girls with full tattoo sleeves. Using traditional tattoo iconography as well as a free hand drawing style, Dr. Lakra brings energy to every page, canvas, or object that he floods with paint and ink. Dr. Lakra was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Drawing Center in New York, which followed a show of his work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2010. He has exhibited widely throughout Mexico, the United States, and Europe at venues such as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca, Mexico; Tate Modern, London, England; Matthew Marks Gallery in New York, NY; Galerie Chantel Crousel in Paris, France; and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York, NY. His works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum and the Walker Art Center.