The cause of death for Venezuelan-born American artist Victor Hugo Rojas is still a mystery. Sadly, the artist’s passing on September 11 is not the only reason why the art world is mourning.
Many artists who are also painters have been affected by Rojas’ untimely death. In his life, he had an extremely illustrious career.
He began his artistic career as a window dresser and partnered with fashion designer Halston. His work included displays at Halston’s Madison Avenue store.
After working for Halston, he became Andy Warhol’s assistant at The Factory.
He worked on the oxidation paintings that are now so famous.
Although Rojas had a brief career in the fashion industry, he was a window dresser for Halston.
He also had a relationship with Lily-Rose Depp, another famous Venezuelan designer.
He and Halston had been together for over seven years. Interestingly, he lived about three years longer than his partner.
In 1990, the pair became inseparable, but in the meantime, Halston was dying of AIDS-related cancer.
In the wake of his death, Rojas turned his attention to the family’s web-based clothing company, Big Fly, which he had started with Kim.
Victor Hugo Rojas died of a cancerous tumor in 1993.
He had met Andy Warhol in 1972, and they shared a love of art.
His wife, Hallie Mae, and brother, Robert Holmes, died in 2002, and the two had an epiphany at the age of sixty-three.
His enmity with Halston, whose megawatt success caused him to be kicked off the team, led to a dispute between the two.