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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

The Late Chicano Artist Gilbert 'Magu' Lujan's Lowrider Bomb Rides Again!

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

One of the most firme lowrider bombs ever is making its way to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton today. Gilbert "Magu" Luján first painted the body of his 1950 Chevy coupe with the vibrant brushstrokes that made him an influential Chicano artist. The car traveled the nation, not on a cross-country trip, but as a centerpiece for the "Hispanic Art in the United States" tour that stopped at prominent museums along the way. Luján had to give up the storied ride during hard financial times. It traded hands and eventually ended up at an auto pawn shop in Long Beach. That's when Fullerton resident and Chicano art enthusiast Paul Dunlap happened upon the Chevy coupe and bought it. He contacted Luján to restore it to its former glory and an a friendship was born.

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