Luis Miro de Acevedo

Luis Miro de AcevedoMario Luis Miro Murray de Acevedo, a man of many names and many talents, died Saturday, April 27, in Ridgecrest.

Born in Michigan in 1920 to an American mother and a Dominican father, Luis Acevedo traveled to and from the Dominican Republic before settling on his maternal grandparents’ Michigan farm at the age of 12. There, he began what would become a lifetime of creative connection with nature and soil.

Luis viewed unembellished desert simplicity as a blank canvas awaiting creative interpretation. The phenomena of the natural world were reflected and enhanced in Luis’s landscape artwork. His signature incorporated native and drought-resistant plants, boulders as natural sculptures, circulating water features and organic rather than geometric angles.

Decades of his art can be seen on various Southern California properties — Woodland Hills, Santa Monica, Sunnyvale, Catalina Island, Beverly Hills, Ridgecrest, and Kernville. Sunset magazine featured Luis’s Sunnyvale artwork. Mesquite High School’s entryway and Cerro Coso Community College’s xeriscape are two examples of his influence on the Ridgecrest community.

Luis’s artistic legacy is stamped on our desert community. He regaled us with 98 years of stories. He was a character, an artist, a friend, a father ... and he loved playing in the dirt.

Luis Acevedo is survived by three children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

— Submitted by the family of Luis Miro

Story First Published: 2019-05-17