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Cuevas, Jose Luis

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José Luis Cuevas (born on February 26, 1934) is a Mexican artist and was one of the first to challenge the then dominant Mexican muralism movement as a prominent member of the Generación Ruptura. He is a mostly self-taught artist, whose styles and influences are moored to the darker side of life, often depicting distorted figures and the debasement of humanity. He has remained a controversial figure throughout his career, not only for his often shocking images, but also for his opposition to writers and artists who he feels participate in corruption or create only for money. In 1992, the José Luis Cuevas Museum was opened in the historic center of Mexico City holding many of his work and his personal collection of art.  Autograph Program Writing Signed, 11/04/1977 -  8 x 8  written in blk ink signed in blue ink pen overall, very fine condition.

"Jose Luis Cuevas is a Mexican artist and was one of the first to challenge the then dominant Mexican muralism movement as a prominent member of the Generación Ruptura. He is a mostly self taught artist, whose styles and influences are moored to the darker side of life, often depicting distorted figures and the debasement of humanity. He has remained a controversial figure throughout his career, not only for his often shocking images, but also for his opposition to writers and artists who he feels participate in corruption or create only for money. In 1992, the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum was opened in the historic center of Mexico City holding many of his work and his personal collection of art.

With a career that spans over seventy years, Cuevas has been a painter, writer, draftsman, engraver, illustrator and printmaker. Cuevas has had solo exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world.10 His first exhibition was when he was only fourteen at the Seminario Axiologico but no one came, the works came off the walls and were stepped on. His first successful individual exhibition was as Mexico City's Galería Prisse in 1953, when he was nineteen. In 1954, he exhibited in Merida and the Panamerican Union in Washington, DC. His US exhibition resulted in interviews with Time and the Washington Post, which called him a "golden boy," opening doors and helping to sell paintings. In 1955, he participated in the first Salón de Arte Libre organized by Galería Proteo, where he met David Siqueiros. During the rest of the 1950s, he exhibited in Havana, Caracas, Lima and Buenos Aires, where he met Jorge Luis Borges .

In the 1960s he exhibited at the David Herbert Gallery, when the NY Times compared him to Picasso. In 1961, two of his works at the Galería del L’Oblisco in Rome, Los Funerales de un Dictador and La Caída de Franco caused a diplomatic conflict with Spain asking that the images be removed. In 1962 he exhibited a series of works based on a sculpture by Tilman Riemenschneide he saw in Munich. Other exhibitions include the Silvan Simone Gallery in 1967.

In the 1970s, he exhibited 72 self-portrait at the Centro Cultural Universitario at UNAM, and exhibited other works at the San Francisco Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Caracas, Phoenix Art Museum, the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. In 1976, he had four women tattooed with original designs of his own making, so that the art "would grow old with him" This despite the fact that tattoos were illegal in Mexico at the time.

By the age of fourteen, he had illustrated numerous periodicals and books. In 1957, he went to Philadelphia to illustrate the book "The World of Kafka and Cuevas" for Falcon Prest Publishers. In the late 1950s, he began to write on cultural topics for the Novedades de Mexico publication, when he referred to the then establishment mural artists such as Diego Rivera as the "cortina del nopal" (Nopal Cactus Curtain) and advocated greater artistic freedom. This philosophy inspired the founding in 1960 of the group Nueva Presencia, which he joined for a brief time. It promoted individual expression and figurative art reflecting the contemporary human condition."