Luchita Hurtado (b. 1920 in Maiquetía, Venezuela), is a Los Angeles-based artist who recently exhibited “Luchita Hurtado: Selected works, 1942-1950,” at Park View Gallery, Los Angeles. Hurtado immigrated to New York City as a child, where she attended Washington Irving High School and the Art Students League. She began her career as a fashion illustrator for Condé Nast and a muralist for Lord & Taylor, honing her wiry line as a draftswoman in a professional environment and soon falling into an artistic scene that included Isamu Noguchi, Wilfredo Lam, Man Ray, and Rufino Tamayo, among others. Hurtado married the Austrian artist Wolfgang Paalen in 1945 and began to travel back and forth between New York and Mexico City. There, her personal and artistic activity centered on the post-Surrealist Dyn group, founded by Paalen with the artists Alice Rahon, Eva Sulzer, and Edward Renouf. Dyn sought to break away from André Breton and the Surrealists, seeking a new aesthetic and cultural order that looked to ancient Mesoamerican culture as its guide with its premodern blend of art, science, and religion. In 1954, Hurtado left San Francisco for New York, Caracas, and Taos, finally landing in Santa Monica, where she resides to this day.