Lagos (1954– ) In the Clouds ©.
19 x 29 inches, acrylic paints on paper.
Lagos was born in San Salvador, El Salvador on July 4 1954. Pursuant to U.S. Immigration protocol, his —single parent— family established legal residence in the U.S.A. in 1966. Lagos obtained US citizenship in 1972. He was raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, where he attended Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia and graduated in 1973.
After graduating from high school he held a number of menial jobs in Virginia such as a pet shop manager, pumping gas at the local Shell gas station or flipping burgers at the Red Barn.
He had a decision to make at this point of his life and at nineteen years of age he enlisted in The United States Air Force for one tour of duty in 1974. He fullfilled his military service as a Medical Administrator in the 92nd Medical Group, USAF Medical Center, Fairchild AFB, WA.
Following an honorable discharge from active duty in 1977, he began his formal education at Eastern Washington University, the major focus of his studies not only included Studio Arts but Art History, as well as German and French languages.
While studying the French language, he became interested in the French culinary arts, and in 1996 he earned "Le Grand Diplôme de Cuisine" at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.
Circumstances complicated by health issues did not facilitate his goals; a French Bistro, a career as a Chef de Cuisine. At that time, he dedicated himself to painting, art was his calling. Afterward, he went back to school and complimented his art related studies; a Fine Arts Graphic Design degree from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington in 2012.
In the mid 80’s he was the Art Gallery Director on board the cruise ship M/V Stardancer for Admiral Cruises and Sundance Cruises. It was during this time that the pursuits as a professional artist ensued and continue until today.
French & Studio Art Majors
Eastern Washington University
Le Cordon Bleu Paris
Fine Arts Graphic Design