The Date Farmers have a history that is just as compelling as their artwork. Originally from Indio, California, they met at an art gallery in Coachella Valley ten years ago. Marsea Goldberg of New Image Art gave them their first show, naming them The Date Farmers because Armando’s father owned a Date Farm in Coachella where Carlos worked, picking dates. Carlos’ mother was a migrant who once worked with civil rights leader Cesar Chavez—American activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers—during the grape boycott of the 1970s. Through their unique perspective as American-born Chicanos, The Date Farmers explore topical subjects with a profound simplicity.
What’s their history? Carlos Ramirez and Armando Lerma joined artistic forces in 1998. In 2001 they entered the Los Angeles gallery scene as the Date Farmers with a show at New Image Art Gallery. Since then, the pair has exhibitions in New York, Miami, LA, Chicago, and San Francisco. They have had International gallery exhibitions in Tokyo, London and Stockholm. They are currently working on pieces for exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of Art. They will be at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. The Date Farmers will be showcasing the art work they did for the Obama Campaign.
Date Farmer piece amongst the other greats of our time at Manifest Hope Art Gallery in Denver, CO for the Democratic National Convention
Date Farmers Art Work is currently on display in the following galleries:
* The Palm Springs Art Museum
* New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles
* The Showcave Art Gallery in Los Angeles
* Jonathan Levine Art Gallery in New York
* Upper Playground in San Fransisco
* The Oakland Museum of Art
* The Lazarides in London (February)