in the C.N. Gorman Museum Collections

featuring Salvador Dalí & Florentino Laime Mantilla

October 2 - December 6

*Extended viewing from January 4 - 15, 2010*

Opening Reception on California Arts Day
Friday, October 2 from 4-6pm

Salvador Dalí
Surrealist Eyes, 1980


Recent artwork donations to the C.N. Gorman Museum have contributed to the diversity found in the permanent collections. Through predominantly known for exhibiting works by Native American artists the museum has an equally long history of collecting works from throughout the globe. The exhibition features lithographs and sculpture by Salvador Dali and paintings and drawings by Florentino Laime Mantilla.



In 2008-9 the C.N. Gorman Museum was gifted ten works by renown artist Salvador Dalí comprised of lithographs and sculpture from 1966-1980. The anonymous donors are collectors of both Salvador Dalí and Native American art who wished to share the works in the public sphere while also supporting the goals and mission of the C.N. Gorman Museum.


In 1998 the Peruvian and Quechua painter, Florentino Laime Mantilla served a four-month residency in the Department of Native American Studies at UC Davis through the Rockefeller Foundation Visiting Indigenous Artists-in-Residence Program. During that time he made a lasting impression upon Emeritus Law Professor George Grossman who began collecting his works. Long-time supporters of the C.N. Gorman Museum, Susanna and George Grossman recently donated Yawarchanakuson / Ensangrentémonos which was made during Mantilla's residency.

Other works donated to the museum by the artist will be on exhibit alongside pieces collected by Native American Studies Professors Stefano Varese and Zoila Mendoza.

Mantilla uses a brilliant palette of reds, purples, blues and yellows to portray Quechua community events and feast days. Many of his paintings are distinctly characterized by his use of geometric planes and pointillism for backgrounds to figures of Quechua men and women celebrating and participating in community events.

Mantilla is Quechua from Cuzco, Peru. He was born in the village of Wakuyo (Chumbivilcas) in 1960. He studied art at the Diego Quispe Tito School of Advanced Studies of Fine Art in Cuzco. Mantilla has had solo and group exhibitions in Peru and France.

Florentino Laime Mantilla
Yawarchanakuson / Ensangrentémonos, 1998