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Pablo O’Higgins (1904-1983)

La Carreta by Pablo O'HigginsMedia: Lithographs
The founders and inspiring spirits of the TGP

Pablo O’Higgins was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Not well known in the United States, his native country, he has never had the well deserved recognition there. Some writers do not consider him well known even in Mexico, even though his Mexican citizenship was given to him by Presidential Decree.

Pablo was a great artist who never looked for the fame and glamour that many artists look for. He was an excellent artist, with a great sensibility for the problems people face in everyday life. His sensibility is beyond doubt. He painted life as it was. His lithograph representing the life of the sugarcane workers which he painted in Hawaii when this crop was produced there, is proof of this talent.

Pablo O’Higgins arrived in Mexico City in 1926. Why he chose Mexico is a good story. He was already a good piano player who had given recitals and concerts, from an early age, and who could have had a very successful career in the USA when read about Diego Rivera. The master muralist was working there as an artist. He wrote to Diego indicating to him his desire to work under him. Diego welcomed him, not realizing he was acquiring a talented and very sensitive artist.

O’Higgins actually told his father he didn’t want to study anymore. When his father asked him why, Pablo replied that like many other young Americans, he wanted to work to save money, in order to be able study with Diego Rivera. His father did not allow him to waste time working and gave him $100 dollars. That was all the cash he had in hand when he left for Mexico. That was all the financial support his father ever gave him.

In Mexico his career took off. He painted the people he respected… the ordinary, hard-working Mexican campesinos and workers, people he called the “Real Mexicans”.

August 27, 2008

Elena Huerta

El Amate by Elena HuertaMedia: Lithographs
Themes: Mexicanidad

Elena Huerta

was born in Saltillo, Coahuila in 1908.

In 1921 she initiaded her studies in the Academy of Saltillo under Ruben Herrera. Between 1929 to 33 she studied at San Carlos Academy, under Carlos Merida. That same year she particpated in the chidren’s theater “Guiñol”.

From 1934 to 1937 was a member and founder of LEAR, and theater director for the League.

In 1939 she was a guest member to the TGP. She lived in the USSR from 1941 to 1946. In 1948 joined the TGP as a full member.

She was Director of the Guadalupe Posada, and Jose Clemente Orozco galleries. She painted her first mural in 1951 in Saltillo, Coahuila.

She traveled to China in 1957 and to Cuba in 1962.She partcipated in great number of exhibits in Mexico and around the world.

April 20, 2008

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Xavier Iñiguez

Manifestacion by Xavier IniguezMedia: Linoleum Cut
Themes: The Social and Political Awareness

Xavier Iñiguez was born in October 7, 1932 in Vista Hermosa, Michoacan. He died in 1979 in Mexico City.

In 1942 he studied architecture in Mexico city. In 1951 he was awarded a scholarship to study art at the Academy of Art. In 1952 another scholarship was awarded to him to study at the National stamp Press Shop by the Treasury Department.

In 1954 he assisted in a mural at the central electric producing company in Temescal, Oaxaca.

He was member of TGP from 1956 to 1959. During this period he produced a mural in a school in the State of San LuIs, Potosi the state where he was the head director of INBA (NATIONAL INSTITUE Of FINE ARTS).

From 1960 he taught as a professor at the Esmeralda Art school, and at the San carlos Academy of Art, the School of Art at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico.

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