Archive for the ‘Painting’ Category

The pictures provided in this post are incredible. I highly recommend you take a few minutes to read this bloggers perspective on Frida Kahlo. So wonderful to have a community of people dedicated to Mexican artwork. Please leave a comment if you enjoyed these as much as I did.

Has anyone ever visited Frida’s Blue House? If so, what was most surprising?

Art Multivitamin: Bits and Pieces about Frida Kahlo So…Whole books, and some very long ones at that, have been written about Frida Kahlo, a twentieth century Mexican artist most widely known for her portraits. I'm not going to attempt any kind of comprehensive summary of her life and work. That's beyond the scope … Read More

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Wow, this is a beautiful overview of a wonderful Mexican artist. Martinez is often overlooked and it is great to see someone write about the mastery this artist had with painting. The muted images of Martinez has ben described as poetic, quiet, solum, and peaceful. Please take a look at this article and let me know what you think.

How does these images compare with other Mexican artwork? Any similarities?

The Dark Beauty of Xavier Martinez Xavier Martinez by Jeffrey Morseburg Xavier Martinez (1869-1943) was an artist whose colorful personality stood in dramatic contrast to his paintings, which were quiet, poetic evocations of the natural world bathed in muted light.  He was an eccentric character who often dressed in old corduroys … Read More

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Chucho Reyes (1882-1977)

Benjamin Buenaventura Jose de Jesus de los Reyes and Ferreira (Chucho Reyes) was a painter, collector and Mexican artist. Reyes was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco on October 17th in 1880. Reyes incorporated Mexican popular culture and folklore into much of his work and his style was influenced by Chinese design.

Some have described his artwork as subliminal, free, relaxed, and truly imaginative. Many of his images utilize bright colors that are distintive of other Mexican artists. Renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall admired the inventiveness and color of his painting. Chucho died died in Mexico City on August 5 in 1977. Picasso once said when seeing one of Chucho´s paintings “How refreshing! He must be a very young artist.” Chucho was about to turn 60.

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This is such a great post. The back story to Frida’s first self portrait is fantastic. Although most of Frida’s life is really fascinating and complex, this blogger boils down a few of the more interesting highlights. I highly recommend taken a few minutes to read. But I have to ask, what is your favorite Frida Kahlo piece?

Self-Portrait by Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Mexican Painter.  Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress 1926 This is Frida's first self-portrait. It was painted as a gift for her student boyfriend, Alejandro Gomez Arias, who had left her. It was given as a token of love by which she hoped to restore his affection and keep her in his thoughts. Her plea for his love worked and not long after Alejandro received the portrait, they were rejoined. The aristocratic pose reflects Fr … Read More

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Máximo Pacheco (1907-1992)

“Soldados Durmíendo” (“Sleeping Soldiers”), a 1934 drawing by Máximo Pacheco (1907-1992), is one on display in the Arthur Ross Gallery exhibit “Travels in the Labyrinth: Mexican Art in the Pollak Collection.” This drawing brings out the realities of any armed conflict: there are people behind those weapons. The round lines of their heads and bodies bely the danger of the guns pointing straight up.

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Edgar “Saner” Flores is an urban artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Raised in Mexico City, Saner developed an interest Mexican muralism during his childhood. Before earning his degree in graphic design from the Universidad Autónoma de México, Saner expressed himself on paper and canvus, but also utilized graffiti art. His creations are influenced by Mexican custom and folklore, color, mysticism, masks and skulls.

SANER 180 MINUTOS DE VIDA from General Treegan on Vimeo.

Saner’s work has been featured in galleries in Mexico, the United States, London, Berlin and Barcelona. He has collaborated with Kidrobot, Vans, G-Shock, HQTR Canada, Pineda Covalin, Persigna Store, Bacardi, Adidas México, Televisa, and many others.

See more images by Saner at http://kronikle.kidrobot.com/saner-artist-profile/

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José Luis Cuevas is a modernist painter and sculptor from Mexico. Born in 1934, he is considered to be one of the creators of the “Rupture Generation” that departed from the politicized and stylized mural school of Orozco and Diego Rivera.
More introspective, Cuevas’ style recalls more introspection and analysis, such as the artwork of Francis Bacon. Cuevas is a very decorated and respected artist. For instance, he was awarded the Drawing Prize at the V Biennial of São Paulo (1959) and the National Prize of Science and Art of México (1981). He also wrote a weekly column in Excélsior, one of the main Mexico City newspapers. Because of his contribution to art and his community, The José Luis Cuevas Museum in México City is named after him in his honor.

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Inspired by the muralists Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, Russakov’s first attempts to paint a mural were unsuccessful. He had to humbly learn how to be a “Mexican” artist by traveling all over the country drawing hundreds of sketches of daily life, villages, peasants, farms, domestic animals, landscapes, etc. Russakov adapted himself to the landscape, the soil, and the light of the country that was to be his new homeland.

Known simply as “Vlady” he is considered a master painter, muralist, printmaker, and a leader of the contemporary art movement in Mexico. His main influences were Mexican muralism and French surrealism, even though he rejected both schools of painting. His painting became “minimalist” for a period during the 1960s, but never completely abstract, before reaching its full expression in the 1970s. Vlady lived and worked in Mexico City until 1990, when he moved to Cuernavaca, where he already had a country house with a giant studio. He died of cancer in Cuernavaca, on July 21st, 2005.

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Rufino Tamayo was a Mexican painter born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences. After the Mexican Revolution, Tamayo devoted himself to creating an identity in his work. Tamayo expressed what he believed was the traditional Mexico, and refused to follow the more political trend.

Tamayo was one of the first artists to utlize a new type of printed artwork called “mixografía.” Mixografía consisted of artwork printed on paper, but with depth and texture. One of his most famous mixografía was titled Dos Personajes Atacados por Perros or (“Two Characters Attacked by Dogs”).

On June 12, 1991, Tamayo was admitted to Mexico City’s National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition for respiratory and heart failure. He suffered an acute stroke and died on June 24, 1991.

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