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Jesús Álvarez Amaya

18 de MarzoMedia: Linoleum Cut meant as a Poster
Themes: The Social and Political Awareness

Jesús Álvarez Amaya, painter, engraver and muralist, was born in Mexico City on November 19, 1925. He died on June 10, 2010.

In 1942 he attended the Art School for Workers Number 1. He studied under Ramon Alva de la Canal. He was an asssistant to Diego Rivera in the mural for Teatro Insurgentes, in Mexico City. In 1948 he had his first own personal exposition. From 1952 on, he has painted several murals.

In 1956 he joined Taller de Grafica Popular. Since 1967 he is its General Coordinator. In 1965 he was a TGP delegate to the Peace Congress in Helsinki.

During the 1968 students’ demonstrations in Mexico City, Álvarez Amaya made a lithography of Che Guevara. It was very well received by the students, who used it as a poster in their protests.


He also made a lithography of president Allende, at the time he died. It was later used as an homage to the Memory of Salvador Allende
and one of Emiliano Zapata titled: “La Tierra” / “The Land” :

Jesus Alvarez Amaya


Jesús Álvarez Amaya

Tecnica: Linoleo

Themes: Conciencia Socio Politica

Nacio el 19 de Noviembre de 1925 en la Ciudad de Mexico. Fallecio el 10 de Junio del 2010.En 1942 inicio sus estudios en la Escuela de Arte para Trabajadores #1. Fue disipulo de Ramon alva de la Canal. Trabajo como ayudante de Diego Rivera en el mural del Teatro Insurgentes, en la ciudad de Mexico. En 1948 tuvo su primera exposicion individual.

En 1956 ingreso al Taller de Grafica Popular, donde a  partir de 1967 funge como coordinador general hasta que fallece. En 1965 fue delegado del TGP al Congreso de Paz en Helsinki.

Durante el Movimiento Estudiantil de 1968, hizo una litografia del Che Guevara, muy bien recibida por los estudiantes quienes la usaron como plancarta en el Movimiento.

El tambien hizo una litografia del Presidente Allende al tiempo de su muerte, la cual ha servido como un homenaje a su memoria, y una de Emiliano Zapata bajo el titulo de “La Tierra” que pueden ver en la imagen:


Jesus Alvarez Amaya

April 20, 2008

Alberto Beltrán

Juarez Elaborando Puros by BeltranMedia: Linoleum Cut
Themes: The Social and Political Awareness

Alberto Beltrán was born in Mexico City in March 22, 1923. where he lived.

In 1934 he became an apprentice, in his father’s taylor shop. He attended night the commercial graphics school at San Carlos Academy . Later, he took courses at La Academia de Gráfica Libre under the guidance of Carlos Alvarado Lang.

He joined Taller de Gráfica Popular in 1944. His productions of a great amount of flyers were published in workers unions’ publications, journals and booklets for the alphabetization campaigns and missions organized by the Institute of Indigenous People.

From 1948 on he took responsibilities in several positions of leading committees in the the TGP.
In 1953 he became a founding member of the Mexican Fine Arts’ Institute. In 1967 he also became a Founder Member of the Mexican Academy of Arts.

In 1956 he received the National Price from the National Institute for fine Arts (INBA), in Graphics, and two years later he won the first place in Graphics at the First Interamerican Biannual Contest in Mexico. In 1958 as President of TGP, he attended the Peace Congress in Stocolm Sweeden.

He has been editor at several liberal publications such as the “Ahi va el Golpe” (There Goes a Punch), el “Coyote Emplumado” (The feather Coyote). He has also been a member of the editoral council of the Mexican daily “El Dia”.

He also had been director of the art departament at the Universidad Veracruzana, in Jalapa, Veracruz. He has received many awards, and he has participated with his works in large number of Expositions.

He resigned the TGP in 1960.

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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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Rina Lazo

Prisioneras Politicas by Rina LazosMedia: Lithographs
Themes: The Social and Political Awareness

Rina Lazo was born in Guatemala City. While attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Guatemala, she won a scholarship to study painting in Mexico. Rina attended La Esmerelda School of Painting and Sculpture, where faculty members included Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

She mastered engraving techniques under Leopoldo Mendez, Pablo O’Higgins and her future husband, Arturo García Bustos, while assisting at the Taller de Grafica Popular.

In 1947, Rina began work with Rivera on the fresco Paseo Dominical en la Alameda, in the Hotel del Prado. She assisted on numerous projects including the mural in the Lerma Water Intake Station, in Chapultepec, and the mosaic of natural rock at the Olympic Stadium at the University of Mexico. Their association lasted 10 years, until his death in 1957.

Diego once wrote, “Rina Lazo, a painter of great talent. My beloved friend, my right hand… the best of my assistants.” Rivera also stated that Rina possessed a manner “that allowed her to collaborate with me to the point that later, I could not distinguish, on my own fresco, the areas that I had painted…”

Murals by Rina are on public display throughout Mexico and Guatemala. In 1948, she painted the mural, Zapata, at the Primary School in Morelos. The following year, she completed The Four Elements in Mexico City. In 1953, Rina painted the fresco Tierra Fertil at the Museum of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala.

In 1966, she reproduced paintings from the ruins of the temple at Bonampak. At the ruins, she made drawings of the Mayan images, then faithfully reproduced them as frescos, in a replica of the temple constructed in the garden outside of the Maya Salon, at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Her mural, Venerable Abuelo Maiz, prominently displayed in the Maya Salon, was inaugurated in 1994.

Her work is part of permanent collections in Mexico, including the University of Contemporary Art and the Museum of the State of Mexico; and in Guatemala, at the University Museum of San Carlos and the Museum of Modern Art.

Media: Lithographs  Themes: The Social and Political Awareness

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Arturo García Bustos

La Carga contra el Pueblo by Arturo Garcia BustosMedia: Linoleum Cut
Themes: The Social and Political Awareness

Arturo García Bustos was born in Mexico City in 1926. His grandfather was the nineteenth century painter Hermenegildo Bustos.

In 1942, La Esmerelda School of Painting and Sculpture opened with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and other well-known artists as faculty. In this setting Arturo García Bustos began his career.

When Frida’s failing health no longer allowed her to continue teaching at the school, she invited the students to her Blue House in Coyoacan to continue their classes. Arturo and three other students continued to study with Frida. This group came to be known as Los Fridos, because of their devotion to Frida.

Arturo has said that Frida was “amazing looking”. She not only “made art, she herself was a work of art.” He also admits, “We were all in love with Frida. She had a special grace and attraction. She was so ‘alegre’ that she made poetry around her.” Bustitos, as Frida called him, was with her every day during one of her most creative periods, 1943 to 1945.

Through Frida and Diego, Arturo would meet his future wife, Guatemalan painter Rina Lazo. Rina was the favorite assistant of Diego Rivera. Both Arturo and Rina speak affectionately of their association with the Maestro Rivera and La Maestra Frida.

After Frida’s death, Diego Rivera wrote: “Frida shaped students who today figure among the most valued men and women artists of Mexico. She always encouraged them to preserve and develop their personalities in their work and in the social and political clarification of their ideas.”

Arturo’s experience as a muralist began while assisting Diego Rivera. Since 1947, he has painted numerous murals at sites which include the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Salon de Oaxaca in the National Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museum of Graphic Arts in Moscow. Arturo and Rina recently completed a mural in Italy.

Arturo is a Master Graphic Artist, having studied engraving in China and Korea. He was a student of lithography and engraving under Leopoldo Mendez, and completed additional studies at the Academy of Plastic Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. A retrospective of his graphic work was held at the prestigious National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City.

His work has been exhibited individually and collectively, in museums and galleries throughout Mexico, the United States, Europe and Asia. Arturo has also been the recipient of numerous awards worldwide.

Arturo has been a founding member of many academies and workshops, where he encourages students not only to be artists, but to be artistic. His talent, kindness and generosity will long be remembered by the next generation of Mexican artists.

His vision is simple and hopeful. It speaks to the common people of values and struggles he inspires and encourages.

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