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Francisco Mora

Estudiantes con Proteccion by Francisco MoraMedia: Linoleum Cuts
Themes:Mexicanidad

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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Celia Calderón

La Muneca by Celia Calderon

Media: Lithographs
Themes: Mexicanidad

Celia Calderón was born in Mexico City in 1921. She died there in 1969.

Between 1942-1944 she studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas. In 1944 she received a scholarship for graduate work in La Escuela de Artes del Libro at UNAM, Mexico City.

From 1946 she became a teacher in Art Education. In 1947 she was a founding member of the Mexican Society of Printers. In 1950 she had her first individual exhibit.

She was granted a fellowship from the British Council for one year’s studies at the Slade Art School in London. In 1952 she traveled to France and Italy.

She joined the Taller de Grafica Popular in 1952. In 1953 and 1959 she was Director of Exhibits at the TGP.

In 1957 traveled to USSR and China. In Peking she presented an individual exhibit.

In 1963 she was elected President of the TGP. She resigned from the TGP IN 1965. She was also a member of the Salon de la Plastica Mexicana.

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April 20, 2008

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Elizabeth Catlett Mora

Nino Bolero- Elizabeth CatlettMedia: Lithographs
Themes: Mexicanidad

Elizabeth Catlett Mora ( April 15, 1915 –
April 2, 2012) was born in Washington, D.C. 

In 1936, she graduated from Howard University in Washington with a BA in Art. In 1940 she obtained a Master’s Degree in Art from the University of Iowa. She also studied ceramic in the Art Institute of Chicago, lithography at the Art Students League in New York as well as sculpture under Ossip Zadkine and Grant Wood, also in New York.

She taught sculpture at Praire View College in Texas, at Williard University, in New Orleans, La. and at Hampton Institute in Virginia.

In 1939, in Iowa, she held her first individual Exhibit. She participated in the “American Negro Exbition” in Chicago.

Between 1945-1947 she was awarded a fellowishp from the Julius Rosewald Foundation. She taught with Charles White, in Louisiana, Virginia and Georgia.

In 1946 traveled to Mexico and joined the Taller de Grafica Popular and married Francisco Mora. She became Director of Fine Arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas.

In 1962 she traveled to Cuba.

She became the TGP’S General S ecretary in 1963. She resigned from the TGP in 1965.

She has received a great number of awards, honors, and homages in Mexico as well as in the United States.

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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.

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Maria Luisa Martín

Mujer en Cinta by Maira Luis Martin

 

Media: Lithographs
Themes: Mexicanidad

Maria Luisa Martín was a refugee from Spain who emigrated to Mexico in 1939. In 1944 she enrolled in La Esmeralda Academy.

She had her first solo exhibition in 1950. She assisted Diego Rivera in the painting of the murals at Ciudad Universitaria (campus of the Mexican National Autonomus University), and at the Insurgentes Theater.

From 1950 to 1953 she was a guest artist at the Taller de Gráfica Popular . From 1955 to 1965 she was a full member of TGP.

She traveled to Eastern Europe and China. She taught Art-Drawing- at the School of Arquitecture at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico.

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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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Mercedes Quevedo

Ofrenda de Paz by Mercedes Quevedo.

Media: Lithographs
Themes: Mexicanidad

Mercedes Quevedo joined the Taller de Gráfica Popular in 1958. In 1963 she held the post of Finance Secretary to The TGP. She left the group in 1965.

She worked mostly on Posters and Calaveras. Her famous poster is a portrait of Emiliano Zapata made on silk.

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Adolfo Quinteros

Buena Pesca by Adolfo QuinterosMedia: Wood Cuts
Themes: Mexicanidad

Adolfo Quinteros was born June 1, 1928 in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico. A scholarship from the State Government of Chihuahua enabled him to move to Mexico City to study art at San Carlos Academy from 1951 to 1955.

He was a member of the Taller de Gráfica Popular and Secretary General to the Taller, in 1960, and again 1963. He was part of The Mexican Fine Arts movement in 1957 and traveled to Czechoslovakia, USSR, RDA, and Holland in 1959.

He co-founded the Jardin Del Arte and its president from 1966 to 1967. He was the recipient of a number of Mexican and International Art Awards.

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Fanny Rabel

Nino Indigena by Fanny RabelMedia: Wood Cuts
Themes: Mexicanidad

Fanny Rabel (also Rabinovich) was born August 27, 1922 in Poland. She lived in Mexico City.

In 1929 she initiated her education in France. She arrived in Mexico in 1938 and the following year she started taking night courses. She was a collaborator to David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1940. During the years from 1940 to 1945 she studied art in La Esmeralda, and from 1945 to 1948, at the School of Arts of the Book. She was also a collaborator to Diego Rivera in the Murals at Palacio Nacional in México City. In 1948 she was a founding member of the Society for the Improvement of the Fine Arts.

From 1949 to 1961 she was member of the TGP. In 1953 she was founding member of FNAP. En 1957 she painted the mural at the Israeli Sport Center. In 1959 she traveled to Europe and Israel. She also painted a mural at the National Anthropological Museum in Mexico City.

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Mariana Yampolsky

MadreMedia: Linoleum Cuts
Themes: Mexicanidad

Mariana Yampolsky was born in the United States and educated at the University of Chicago, and was absorbed by Mexico since she went there in 1944 to work at the Taller de Gráfica Popular. She lived in Mexico City.

Mariana was a member of the Workshop from 1945 to 1960 where she held several administrative positions. She was in charge of planning and designing their Art Exhibits from 1955 to 1957 and responsible for organizing the celebration of the Taller’s 20th Anniversary. In her late forties she turned to photography. She studied under Lola Alvarez Bravo.

In 1958, with Leopoldo Mendez and others she founded the Editorial for the Mexican Arts (Plastica). In 1966 she founded the Center for Foreign Languages at the IPN, (Instituto Politectnico Nacional). She designed and illustrated elementary public schools books. She participated as a photographer at the Olympic Games in Mexico, City.

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