Archive for the ‘Painting’ Category

Inspired by childhood heroes Bob Ross and Commander Mark, David’s character-driven style is a quirky blend of Mexican folk art, 1950s cartoon-cell animation, traditional tattoo imagery, and pure Southern California lowbrow. His work is so iconic and likable that everyone from new restaurateurs to famous motorcycle builders go to him for original artwork and t-shirt designs.

David’s Day of the Dead art highlights classic elements of the annual celebration, but also injects humor into the religious symbolism through the use of bold lines and exaggerated features.

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Emilio Amero was among the first group of muralists commissioned during Post-Revolutionary Mexico, working side by side such artits as José Clemente Orozco, Carlos Merida, and Diego Rivera. Amero helped create a definitive Mexican Modern style of painting and design. additionally, Amero began to express his personal vision in painting, printmaking, photography, and filmmaking. In particular, Amero developed a great passion for lithography, establishing several print workshops during his career which would influence a generation of young artists. Like many of Mexico’s leading artists of the day, Amero had an important relationship with the United States. A lasting contribution is the print studio he established at the University of Oklahoma.

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Gunther Gerzso was a Hungarian Mexican painter, designer and director and screenwriter for film and theatre. Born in Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution, Gerzso was sent to Lugano, Switzerland to live with his uncle who was an influential name in the art world. Gunther, then a teenager, met Paul Klee and lived among his uncle’s collection of paintings which included works by Pierre Bonnard, Rembrandt, Paul Cézanne, Eugène Delacroix and Titian. During his time in Lugano, he also met Nando Tamberlani, noted set designer who would introduce him to the world of theater.

Throughout the primary stages of his artistic career, Gunther Gerzso searched for a focus and direction in his painting. His early works not only explored the human figurative form but also the possibilities of surrealism and cubism. The evolution of his works from figurative to abstract cubism is almost synonymous to that of Picasso.

According to Octavio Paz, Gunther Gerzso was one of the greatest Latin American painters, since it was him, along with Carlos Merida and Rufino Tamayo, who opposed the ideologist aesthetic movement into which muralism had degenerated.

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Alessandra Gasparini

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Friedeberg arrived in Mexico at the age of three. Having shown an early inclination for drawing and reading, he studied architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana, where he was profoundly influenced by the teaching of Mathias Goeritz, a German-Mexican artist.

Although his paintings were sometimes described as examples of Surrealism or fantastic realism, they are not easily definable in terms of conventional categories. He used architectural drawing as the medium through which he created unusual compositions and also designed furniture and useless objects, admitting that his artistic activity was rooted in boredom. This sense of irony and surfeit imparted to his pictures, through the hallucinatory repetition of elements, an asphyxiating formal disorder. Friedeberg’s work is a product of highly conscious, if not self-conscious, thought.

Credit: http://www.pedrofriedeberg.com/

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Galán was one of Latin America’s renowned neo-expressionist painters. His paintings and collages use symbols and  elements that usually represent his life both as a human and a Mexican citizen. Galán started his career as a painter in the city of Monterrey, Mexico. In 1981 he won the first prize in the “Salon anual de la Plástica” at the ‘Palacio de Bellas Artes’ in Mexico City.

He was first brought to international attention by Andy Warhol, who printed several of Galán’s works in his magazine, Interview, shortly after Galán moved to New York City in 1984. After that he started to exhibit in New York, Mexico and Europe. In 1994 he won the “Premio Marco” from the ‘Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey’; in the same year he had exhibits at the Center for Fine Arts in Miami, Florida, the Museo de Arte Moderno in México City and at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Texas.

He died on the plane that was taking him back to Monterrey in 2006, after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

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