Larry Fuente Home Art Studio Fire Fund

Iconic Mendocino artist Larry Fuente’s home and art studio were tragically destroyed in a fire on Friday, July 3. Nationally known for his elaborately adorned assemblage sculptures, Larry lost much of his life’s work in the devastating fire.

We send our condolences to Larry as we reflect on the magnitude of this loss within our local and national art community. Please join the Mendocino Art Center’s board, staff, artists and volunteers in support of Larry – donations at any level are greatly appreciated!

Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947, Larry is arguably the most well known Mendocino artist. As a young adult he attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he studied painting for several years in the mid-1960’s.

Moving to the Bay Area in the late 1960’s, Fuente moved from painting to three-dimensional works. Larry then relocated to Mendocino, where he continues to work in the medium of assemblage. One of his artworks, “Game Fish,” a sail fish encrusted with game pieces, is one of the few artworks on permanent display at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, home to the collection of American contemporary craft and decorative art in Washington, D.C.

Larry has often been a centerpiece of Mendocino’s 4th of July festivities, driving his “Mad Cad” art car, a 1960 Cadillac affixed with more than one million adornments, in the annual parade. Thankfully, firefighters were able to save the car.

The Mendocino Art Center hosted Larry’s exhibition, “New World Hoarder,” August/September 2019. The accompany video, featuring a selection of Larry’s most popular works, was produced in anticipation of this exhibit.

Photo above by Nicholas Winegar.


Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA

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