Blanco Art Collection

Francisco Mora

Estudiantes con Proteccion by Francisco MoraMedia: Linoleum Cuts

Francisco Mora

was born May 7, 1922 in Uruapan, Michoacán. He lived in Cuernavaca, Morelos.

From 1936 to 1939, he studied agriculture at La Huerta Agriculture Community College, in Morelia, Michoacán. In 1939 he painted a portrait of the Governor of the State, which enabled him to obtain a scholarship to study art in Morelia’s Art School. Between 1941 and 1944 he studied at The Esmeralda Academy, in Mexico City, while making a living painting houses and held other odd jobs that required his painting talents.

He joined Taller de Grafica Popular in 1941. During 1946 he sketched miners from Pachuca, Hidalgo for the Association of American Artists. That same year he married Elizabeth Catlett.

From 1949 on he was a professor of art in the daytime, and of continuous adult education in the evenings. He made a great number of engravings for the Journal of the Teachers Association, and magazine “El Maestro Mexicano” (The Mexican Professor). He also made a series linoleum engraving about “Los hombres de la Reforma” (The Reformist Men). In 1950 he painted a mural for the building of the daily “Sol de Toluca”.

He was Mexico’s representative to the 1960 Pedagogy World Congress, in Conakry, Guinea and traveled extensible in East and West Europe. In 1964 he had a solo Abstract Art Exhibit in National Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.

In 1965 he resigned the TGP.

May 1, 2008

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Ángel Bracho

was born in February 14, 1911 in Mexico City.

He worked as a blue collar worker. and at the same time took night classes at the San Carlos Academy in 1928. from the next year up to 1933, he took art courses on drawing and painting at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

He was considered a founding member of the Taller de Grafica Popular. There he produced his first lithographies.

In the year of 1948 he also was founding member of the Society for the Enhancement of the Fine Arts. From 1952 to 53, he was its Director and later from 1961 to 63, he was its president.

He was awarded the Gold Medal in 1960 at the Biannual competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His production of murals and wood cuts and paintings was very substantial.

April 20, 2008

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Adolfo Mexiac

Viendo una Vaqueria by Adolfo MexiacMedia: Lithographs
Themes: Mexicanidad

Adolfo Mexiac was born August 7, 1927 in Esperanza Michoacan. He lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

He studied art at the Michocan’ Academy of Art between 1944 to 1946; and in the San Carlos Academy, in Mexico City from 1947 to 1956.

He was a memeber of TGP from 1950 to 1959. In the year of 1955 he was reponsible for TGP finances, and in 1956 he was in charge of the projects for TGP.

He lived in Chiapas from 1953 to 1954 where he worked on diferent artistic proyects for The Indigenous Institute (Native Mexicans Institute); also in that state he had his first solo exhibition.

In two cosecutive years 1957 and 1958, he won first prize at the Salon de la Grafica (Graphics Annual Contest)

In 1964 he made two wood cut works on Mahogany tree, 6 square meters size, for the National Anthropological Institute, he also worked on a great number of design of graphic projects for the Workers’ Union magazine “Ceteme”, for text books, and for the journal publication of the Instituo Nacional Indigenista.

In 2007 he celebrated his 80th birthday in Mexico City’s Coyoacan district with an Retrospective
Exhibit and new works. It was attended by the Cultural and Art world celebrities from Mexico, and delegations from the United States.

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