Who are they?: Date Farmers
Where are they from?:  Indio, California
What are their astrological signs?: Pisces and Capricorn
What do they do?: Artwork by The Date Farmers echoes Mexican-American heritage rooted in California pop culture. Their paintings, collages and three-dimensional sculptures contain elements influenced by graffiti, Mexican street murals, traditional revolutionary posters, sign painting, prison art and tattoos. Living in the peaceful seclusion of the desert, the artists often travel across the border, into Mexicali and Oaxaca to scavenge for materials. With traces of ancient indigenous art, mushrooms, and mescal, the Date Farmers combine familiar pop iconography and corporate logos with figures from comics, folklore and Catholicism. Desert creatures such as coyotes, snakes, and scorpions appear frequently in their works as well as found materials like stamps, bottle caps, hand painted or collaged lettering.
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.

Check out the Date Farmers on Current TV
If you don’t already know about Current TV, then you really should. It’s awesome and it continues to keep me inspired.
Click the image below to be directly linked to Current TV’s Date Farmers Special

Below are some places and things that the Date Farmers have conquered:
The Date Farmers do the cover of Juxtapoz Magazine

the Date Farmers and their DJ, Alf Alpha, in NYC
the Date Farmers’s work at Jonathan Levin Art Gallery in NYC
another shot of their work in Jonathan Levin Art Gallery in NYC
works at the New Image Art Gallery in LA

Date Farmer piece amongst the other greats of our time at Manifest Hope Art Gallery in Denver, CO for the Democratic National Convention
Life size… and then some
Date Farmers for Upper Playground (available online and in store)

Date Farmers for Upper Playground
Date Farmers X Upper Playground

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)