Famous Mexican Artists

By 1950, he had created his first mural. He studied law, then became a journalist. His art represented his times and was rooted in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War. He died of a heart attack in 1991.

Vlady Kibalchich Russakov: He was a Russian-Mexican painter known by the name ‘Vlady’. He is known to have influenced the Mexican and Latin-American photography of his time.

Pillars by Rodolfo Morales

Pillars by Rodolfo Morales

Francisco Toledo: Born in 1940 in Oaxaca, Francisco Toledo is a famous Mexican graphic artist. He lost his mother at an early age of two. Her paintings also reflect bitter truths of her life. Later in 1930, he painted a mural for the Stock Exchange and a fresco for the California School of Fine Art. Siqueiros, Icaza, and Tamayo were the other three. He was a dynamic and an innovative Mexican artist. He passed away in 1985.

Carlos Amorales: He lives in the Mexico City. He is considered one of the greatest living artists of Mexico.

Other Famous Names

o Salvador Corona

o Rubén Ortiz Torres

o Mauricio Toussaint

o Rafael Vargas-Suarez

o Juan Soriano

o Luis Barragán (architect)

o Feliciano Béjar

o Vicente Rojo

o Abraham Ángel

o Gunther Gerszo

o Olga Costa

o Federico Cantú

These artists have played a big role in introducing Mexican art to the world. David Alfaro Siqueiros: Born on December 29, 1896, Siqueiros was a muralist and a Stalinist. He was against following the political trend that his contemporaries did, because of which he was perceived as a traitor to the political cause. He died on November 24, 1957 at the age of seventy.

Jose Clemente Orozco: A social realist painter and lithographer Jose Clemente Orozco was born on November 23, 1883. After entering the plate collector business in 1980, his works started gaining popularity. Throughout life, he pursued his passion for art. His works had a tinge of surrealism. After a major accident in 1925, due to which she had to undergo thirty-five surgeries, she decided to take up painting as a full-fledged career. He passed away in 1992.

Mexico has always been blessed with great artists who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of art and made Mexican art popular. Born on September 24, 1931, he rose to be one of the most recognized artists of Mexico, known for his versatility, wit and humor. He had solo exhibitions in many prominent museums. He died on January 6, 1974. His first exhibition was held in Spain in 1974. He was honored with the National Prize for Arts and Sciences in 1984.

Arnold Belkin: ‘The Canadian Son of Mexican Muralism’, as he was often called, was born on December 9, 1930. He played a major role in making Rodolfo’s work known to critics and art lovers. In 1963, he was one of the four artists who represented Mexico at the International Award Exhibition in New York. In the early 20th century, he had earned reputation as an Impressionist. He was fond of drawing since childhood. Teodoro A. He won international acclaim for his paintings that were exhibited in numerous exhibitions the world over. He was one of “the big three” Mexican muralists. His works majorly portray contemporary Mexican culture.

Gilberto Aceves Navarro: “I’m partying and playful, but also very disciplined and serious”, is how this great Mexican artist describes himself. He studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute in California. He captured images of objects in ways that they looked lively and seemed to possess human qualities. He has worked as an instructor of drawing and mixed media. He died in December 2008.

Manuel Álvarez Bravo: He belonged to a family of artists. He was a student of La Esmeralda Art School and the INBA School for Painting and Sculpture. Even as a child, he was a very good painter. His works of art depicted the struggle of man’s daily life. His major graphic works were created between 1925 and 1991. Their large-scale murals depicting human life and carrying social messages gave an entirely new dimension to Mexican art. He has received the National Prize of Science and Arts. He held his first individual exhibition in 1952. During his years at Vancouver School of Art, he became deeply interested in Muralism. Influenced by the works of artists like Claude Monet, he started pursuing painting. He was the receiver of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1966. Here, Rufino Tamayo saw his paintings. At the age of ten, he began studying art at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City. He portrayed revolutionaries. He had to leave Mexico City and shift his base to New York. He died in November 1935.A Painting by Pedro Coronel

A Painting by Pedro Coronel. It is a technique that renders a 3-d texture to prints. Belkin portrayed the Mexican culture, their festivals and death. His style of painting can be described as near-abstract. During the 1960s, it became minimalist. His artistic works were often, depictions of human suffering, although less realistic. The famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera, her guide and adviser became her life partner in 1929. Art lovers around the world remember these artists and their country for their contribution to art.

A Mural by Arnold Belkin

A Mural by Arnold Belkin

Pedro Coronel: Born on March 25, 1923, he grew up to become one of the most famous Mexican artists. Many museums represent his work and he has been honored with many awards for his contribution to art.

Diego Rivera: He was born on December 8, 1886 in Mexico. Dehesa Méndez, the governor of the State of Veracruz, sponsored Rivera’s study in Europe. The Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico City and the Orozco Workshop-Museum in Guadalajara display his works of art.

An Unfinished Mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros

An Unfinished Mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros

Rufino Tamayo: Born in August 1899, Tamayo was a figurative abstract painter. He also painted murals. ‘The Epic of American Civilization’ is one of his most famed murals. He led the Mexican Mural Renaissance along with Diego Rivera. He is a dedicated artist and a teacher who has taught art to many budding artists in the country. His work spans different fields allied to art, like video animation, sculpture and drawing. He married Frida Kahlo in August 1929, four months after which, he was contracted to paint murals in the Palace of Cortez in Cuernavaca. His death on September 7, 1949 meant the loss of one of the most famous Mexican artists. He became known for surrealism and use of bright colors in his canvases and collages. Apart from graphic arts, he also works in sculpture, pottery and painting. Art ran in his mother’s family who came from a family of poets, actors and musicians. He made friends with David Alfaro Siqueiros in the early 1950s. His artworks bore influences of the Mexican muralism and French surrealism. He has had many exhibitions and his works feature in private collections and art galleries. Life brought her physical and psychological trauma. This made him apply as an official licensee for the 1984 Summer Olympics, where he was given the opportunity to create paintings depicting Olympic sports. Women (Mexican women in villages) and memories (nostalgia) were subjects of his works and his paintings always had a dreamy feel. He is known for his colorful paintings which include works in oil, watercolor and his graphic works. Self-portraits form a significant part of her paintings. After independence, their works of art still had a European flavor, but they also portrayed elements of the Mexican culture. He lost his father at a tender age of 6. Colors of the pre-Hispanic culture are seen in his works. His graphic art developed into a new genre called Mixografia. After his first exhibition in Mexico City, his works were displayed in many museums around the world. He worked in an architectural firm for a brief period, then in an advertising firm, after which he switched to the plate industry. Till the Spanish ruled Mexico, their art too bore influences of the Spanish culture and traditions. He received training in art from the San Carlos Academy. Apart from painting, he is passionate about classical opera.

Joaquín Clausell: He was Mexico’s best-known impressionist painter. ‘The Sephardic Migration in Mexico’ was one of his famous paintings, preserved at the Monte Sinai Social Center in Mexico City. At the early age of six, polio left her right leg thinner than the left one. He studied art at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City. For a very long period, he taught art. This art form was what Rufino Tamayo was best known for. He was instrumental in establishing the Mexican Mural Renaissance that was the result of his large murals in fresco. He learned painting and sculpture at La Esmeralda National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving in Mexico City. Soon his works achieved fame. Apart from being a painter and muralist, he was also an active communist. He died of cancer in 2005.

Rodolfo Morales: Born on May 8, 1925, Rodolfo Morales was a native of Oaxaca, a city in Mexico. With the combined efforts of him, Tamayo and Francisco Toledo, Oaxaca became a center of contemporary art and attracted tourists. It was in 1975 that he got an opportunity to hold his first solo exhibition. The first one was in the Dallas Museum of Art. With their unique styles of depicting Mexican culture and values, they have given Mexican art, an identity of its own. As a child, she suffered from many injuries and accidents. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous Mexican artists who made a huge difference to how the world perceived the art of Mexico.

Rodolfo Escalera: He was a Mexican-American artist, best known for the collectible plates he created for the 1984 Summer Olympics. He has created many seascapes too. He was inducted to the California Hall of Fame. These artists set the stage for new trends in art. He, with Siqueiros and Rivera, formed the trio known by the name ‘Big Three’ muralists. He was also a muralist and printmaker. He painted murals of the Miguel Lerdo de Tejada library of the Secretariat of the Treasury of Mexico. Art movements like Cubism, Impressionism and Fauvism influenced his artistic creations. He has had over thirty solo exhibitions in different countries and his paintings are displayed in many renowned museums. He has received the Mexican National Prize in 1998 for his contribution to developing his state culturally and socially. He was an abstract painter, sculptor and also a draftsman and engraver. Rivera traveled to many parts of the world and displayed his works of art. They did not have a happy marriage. He is remembered for his famous works such as ‘Portrait of the Bourgeoisie’ and ‘The March of Humanity’ among others.

Frida Kahlo: She was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, then a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City. His earlier works depicted masked wrestlers performing in rings. He wanted to be remembered as a part of Mexico and that he is.

Miguel Condé: Born in 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he is the son of a Mexican father and an American mother. In 1986, he got the opportunity to create a collectible plate for the Mexico-hosted World cup. He had inherited skills in painting from his father and grandfather who were also brilliant artists. Around 1925, when he was 23, he began professional photography. He was the first artist to bring impressionism to Mexico. His grandfather was a photographer and his father a follower of photography, painting and literature. Deriving inspiration from Paul Cezanne’s paintings, Rivera became a part of the Post-Impressionism movement in 1917. Most of his paintings were themed on history. It is said that the masks were a visual representation of the artist’s own face. Around 1985, he started working towards restoring historical buildings. His works have been displayed in several exhibitions. He is a Mexican figurative painter and also a draftsman and printmaker. Morales suffered from pancreatic cancer and died on January 30, 2001.

Robert Graham: Born in 1938 in Mexico, Robert Graham went on to become a famous sculptor. Starting as an unsuccessful muralist, he toured places to learn the art. Belkin used oil paints, acrylic colors and various other media of painting. She passed away on July 13, 1954, leaving behind a message that said, “I hope the exit is joyful – and I hope never to return – Frida”. He developed an art form that became universal and earned him recognition. He sculpted the ceremonial gateway for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the commemorative silver dollar for the 1984 Olympics. After the Mexican Revolution a new generation of Mexican artists emerged. He went on to lead the contemporary art movement in Mexico. What distinguishes him is his search of new areas to portray the Mexican landscape. His bronze monuments depicting the human figure can be seen across America

Posted August 13th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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