Jose Luis Cuevas Biography

Mexico City, 26 Feb 1934

Mexican-born draughtsman, printmaker and painter.

Cuevas began showing early artistic talent and briefly attended the Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Escultura 'La Esmeralda' in Mexico City. He later studied graphic arts at the Institucion de Enseñanza Universitaria in Mexico City.

During his early years with the Galeria Prisse in Mexico City he joined a group of young artists, including Alberto Gironella, Enrique Echeverria, Pedro Coronel, Manuel Felguerez and Francisco Icaza . This politically-active group became opposed to the socialist artists favoured by the Government and rebelled against the official mural art and became active in defining the contemporary artistic panorama of Mexico.

In 1953 he had his first exhibition at the Galeria Prisse; and the following year exhibited at the Pan American Union, Washington, DC.

He was subsequently invited to work in various workshops worldwide, including the Tamarind Workshop in Los Angeles, CA, and Poligrafa in Barcelona in 1981. While in Mexico, he worked at the Taller Kyron, among others.

His most characteristic works portray drawings of misshapen creatures and misery in the contemporary world.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS - University of Texas, Austin - San Francisco Museum of Art, California - Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas - Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona - Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris - Musee de la Napoule, Francia - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Nueva York.

SELECTED MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS - Arizona State University Art Museum - Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C. - Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania - California State University Library - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. - Turman Gallery at Indiana State University

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Artist's Statement

Published by Lloyd Shin Gallery, Inc. 1988 Seoul 1988 Fine Art Poster: Passionate Winner, by Kazuo Shiraga of Japan. Shades of red, 91x61cm (36"x24"). Abstract mood expressing the vital physical power of competition within the repeated strokes - 8 different variations of red.