“Moon Journey,” painted in 1969 in acrylic on canvas, is the work of Edward Arcenio Chavez (1917-1995), a prominent Mexican-American artist and WPA muralist. Born in Wagonmound, New Mexico, Chavez worked in varied styles, from abstract to realism, and in various media, including printmaking, watercolors, drawing, sculpture and oil painting.
Chavez's work is significant as part of a larger legacy and conversation surrounding modernism and Hispano art. The modernist style often sought to challenge or deconstruct traditional artistic standards, and Chavez helped break new ground in the movement by blending influences from his Hispano heritage with more mainstream modernist aesthetics to create wholly new ideas.
Chavez has exhibited his work at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Newark Museum, the Walker Gallery of Art, and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden.