Carlos Castaneda Lithograph
A very rare piece . One of two. Pencil signed.About 24"x18". Framed and matted. A beatuful original artwork of desert plants.Provenace Richard Swartz :Stage house two,Boulder, Colorado. Carlos Castaneda, the author of numerous books about magical-mystical-ethnopharmacological adventures in the Sonoran desert.
Any aging hippie or devotee of the NewAge worth his beard and sandals believes in Don Juan Matus, the Yaqui sorcerer that a UCLA graduate student in anthropology encountered in a bus station somewhere in the Woods of Arcady.
The New York Times and Los Angeles Times obituaries, while recording an amazing amount of confusion as to Castaneda's birth and death (he supposedly died on April 27th, but his death was not reported to the media until almost two months later).
Carlos Castaneda seems to have been born in the 1920's or the 1930's, perhaps in Peru, perhaps in Brazil. While a graduate student in anthropology at UCLA he wrote The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge, the first in a long series of books about his supposed association with the Yaqui shaman he described as leading him through many improbable adventures.
UCLA granted him a Masters in anthropology.
Apparently Castaneda lived in obscurity, avoiding photographers, interviews and other media exposure, and succeeded in dying as he had lived. A former wife and a son were not informed of his death. A hearing on his future book royalties is to be held in early July following his passing. Whether you believe the stories or not,the books are a joy to read and have changed the way many people view life.