Cuevas, José Luís

José Luis Cuevas (1934 ). painter, cartoonist, writer, engraver, sculptor and illustrator Mexican born February 26, 1934 in Mexico City. His artistic training is self-taught. It was one of the leading figures of the “generation of rupture” with the Mexican muralists and one of the most outstanding representatives of neofigurativism. It draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and illustrator. By working with great ferocity gestural line naked souls of his characters portraying the magnificence of human degradation in the world of prostitution and despotism. Before the age of 10 years, as a student enrolls Cuevas irregular Emerald School, continued his artistic training at the Mexico City College, taking classes recorded with Lola Cueto.
In the mid 50s, the work of Cuevas beginning to be recognized by collectors and specialized critics, including Jose Gomez Sucre, who invited him to exhibit at the Pan American Union (Washington, DC). José Luis Cuevas acquired notoriety for his constant exhibitions, both in the United States and in Mexico, the rest of Latin America and Europe, even in the Loeb Edouar Paris Gallery, the artist Pablo Picasso important work of Cuevas purchase.
Painter, writer and politician, at the time was known as the “enfant terrible” of a generation of artists who demonstrated against the expression of art rooted in political programs focused on feeding nationalist ideas. In this posture is celebrated its written “Cactus Curtain”, a story which criticizes the idea of educating people through art had failed in any way the job. His stance was not only a constant attack against the official culture, but also against academic teaching-motivated by self-taught, and against the mural, especially against the figure of Siqueiros, who had made famous the phrase “there is no route than ours. “
Other facets of the painter give comment that made theater set design for the play “The Night of the murderers” in Mexico, which is awarded by the critics, as well as for “The American Ballet Company” in the United States; mounts along with Sergio Arau and writer Carlos Monsivais the show “The Crux” in 1965. In cinema autointerpreta in the Mexican film “Friends”. There have been various awards and recognitions that Cuevas has received throughout his career, for example, in 1967 the exhibition “Rosk 67” is presented as one of the 50 most important painters of the time. That same year, the New York Times, one of the major U.S. newspapers-, it ranks among the greatest artists of the twentieth century.
Among his numerous solo and group exhibitions highlights held in Washington DC (1954), Paris (1955) and New York (1957).
He was named Artist of the City by the Federal District of Mexico, at which also opened Museo José Luis Cuevas in 1992.

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