I love our Ricardo Lozano print. The Polack and I discovered this artist during a visit to a New Orleans art gallery in the French Quarter. That was 2003. We fell in love with his vibrant colors and the energetic way he conveys the life and music of New Orleans.
During that visit, The Polack and I were just getting interested in art. We would have loved to purchase something but his paintings ranged from $1200 - $2500. I had just started a new career and Hubby was still in school. There is no way we could afford to shell out that kind of dough.
But after several years, we realized Lozano's art was about the only art we both loved enough to purchase. Individually, we could find things we were interested in purchasing. But together, we never agree.
In all our travels and visits to other cities, we never saw another Lozano. And we couldn't find his work on the internet, nor did we know what happened to him or his work after Hurricane Katrina.
And then last spring, I travelled back to New Orleans for a work trip. I made my way from gallery to gallery, combing Royal Street for any sign of Ricardo Lozano. And when I had nearly reached the edge of the French Quarter, I looked into a gallery window and saw what I'd been looking for. Excited, I went in to discover over a dozen paintings of his on display. I talked to the dealer. Yes, he was still painting in New Orleans. Yes, he and his work survived the floods. Oh, and you can only purchase his paintings exclusively in New Orleans. Also, the cheapest painting offered is $5,000.
Yikes, what a jump in price. I guess that's what they mean when they say art is a good investment. After leaving the gallery with my head hanging low (cue in Charlie Brown music), I returned the next day for a final peek. Not wanting to miss an opportunity, I decided to purchase a screen print of a piece he had done in 2004. So I bought it and with framing and shipping it cost a total of $400. The Polack and I don't live a rich life. We don't rub shoulders with people who care about a screen print versus the real thing and even if we did, WE certainly don't care. And now we're the proud owner of a Ricardo Lozano (print 856 of 1,500). And we LOVE it.