Famous Mexican Artists & Painters

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Diego Rivera
(Mexican Painter Whose Large Frescoes Helped Establish the Mural Movement in Mexican and International Art )
Diego Rivera
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Birthdate: December 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guanajuato, Mexico
Died: November 25, 1957
Mexican painter Diego Rivera is best remembered for his association with the mural movement and had created masterpieces such as The History of Mexico and the Detroit Industry Murals. He was inspired by cubism and post-impressionism. He had married, divorced, and remarried Frida Kahlo, the third of his four wives.
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Frida Kahlo
(Mexican Painter Known for Her Brilliantly Coloured Self-Portraits)
Frida Kahlo
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Birthdate: July 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Died: July 13, 1954

Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, was known for her many portraits and self-portraits. Her work is said to have been inspired by the nature, artifacts and popular culture of Mexico. Her work was not much known until the late 1970s, when it was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By early 1990s, she became a recognized figure in art history.

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Leonora Carrington
(Mexican Surrealist Painter and Novelist)
Leonora Carrington
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Birthdate: April 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, England
Died: May 25, 2011

Leonora Carrington was a Mexican artist, novelist, and surrealist painter. During the 1970s, Carrington played an important role in Mexico's women's liberation movement as she was one of the founding members of the movement. Carrington, who was fascinated by symbolism and myth, studied alchemy, Popol Vuh, post-classic Mayan mystical writings, and the kabbalah.

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Remedios Varo
(Spanish-Born Mexican Surrealist Artist)
Remedios Varo
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Birthdate: December 16, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anglès, Spain
Died: October 8, 1963

A significant figure of the Mexican surrealist movement, artist Remedios Varo was taught technical drawing by her hydraulics engineer father. Born in Spain, she later fled to France with her lover, poet Benjamin Péret, and then to Mexico to escape Nazism. She was also interested in sacred geometry and alchemy.

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David Alfaro Siqueiros
(Painter, University teacher, Military personnel)
David Alfaro Siqueiros
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Birthdate: December 29, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chihuahua
Died: January 6, 1974

Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros co-founded the modern Mexican school of mural painting. An activist, too, he fought as part of Venustiano Carranza forces during the Mexican Revolution. The Lenin Peace Prize winner has adorned many universities, schools, and government buildings in Mexico with his murals.

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Jorge Gutierrez
(Animator who co-wrote and directed The Book of Life, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film)
Jorge Gutierrez
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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José Clemente Orozco
(Mexican Caricaturist and Painter, Who Specialized in Political Murals That Established the 'Mexican Mural Renaissance')
José Clemente Orozco
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Birthdate: November 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico
Died: September 7, 1949

One of the finest 20th-century muralists who specialized in fresco, José Clemente Orozco was not just a painter but also a talented caricaturist. His murals adorned not just cities of Mexico, but also places such as New York and California. The National Prize winner often focused on socially relevant themes.

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Rufino Tamayo
(Painter)
Rufino Tamayo
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Birthdate: August 25, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico
Died: June 24, 1991

Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo, an icon of modernism, is remembered for combining Mexican folk themes and European concepts such as Surrealism and Cubism in his works. Known for his notable paintings such as Children Playing with Fire, Tamayo was from a Zapotec family and the son of a shoemaker.

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Angelina Beloff
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Birthdate: June 23, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died: December 30, 1969

Angelina Beloff was a Russian-born artist best remembered for her work in Mexico. She also contributed as an art teacher in Mexico. Beloff is also known as the first wife of Mexican painter Diego Rivera; her professional achievements were largely overshadowed by her marriage and subsequent divorce. Her life and career inspired a novel by Elena Poniatowska.

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Dr. Atl
(Painter and writer)
Dr. Atl
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Birthdate: October 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: August 15, 1964

Mexican painter and writer Gerardo Murillo Cornado, more famous by his pseudonym Dr. Atl, was a pioneer of the Mexican movement for artistic nationalism. During Mexican Revolution, Cornado supported the Constitutionalist faction. He was also interested in study of volcanoes and was considered an expert volcanologist. His notable paintings include those of the volcanoes of Popocatépetl and Ixtacihuatl.

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Francis Alÿs
(Belgian-born Mexican Artist Best Known for His Films, Installations, and Performances Called 'Paseos')
Francis Alÿs
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Birthdate: August 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Belgian-born Francis Alÿs first moved to Mexico as part of a team that helped the country rebuild itself after its destruction in the 1985 earthquakes. He later settled there and created artwork using a variety of media, from painting to video. The Collector is one of his best-known works.

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Gabriel Orozco
(Artist, Sculptor, Painter)
Gabriel Orozco
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Birthdate: April 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Xalapa

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco has explored various forms of art, such as photography, drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. Often inspired by conceptualism and native Mexican art, he deals with subjects such as insects, animals, and the human body, such as in Mobile Matrix, where he made use of a whale skeleton.

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Wolfgang Paalen
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Birthdate: July 22, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 24, 1959

Born in Austria, to a merchant father who loved collecting paintings, Wolfgang Paalen had been exposed to arts since childhood. He later trained in painting and archaeology and joined the Surrealist movement. His signature fumage technique involved creating art with the smoke and soot from candles. He later settled in Mexico.

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Juan O'Gorman
(Mexican Painter and Architect Known for His Mosaic Designs That Adorned the Facades of Buildings)
Juan O'Gorman
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Birthdate: July 6, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Died: January 17, 1982

Juan O'Gorman was a Mexican architect and painter best remembered for his work at the National Autonomous University of Mexico's (UNAM) Central Library in the Ciudad Universitaria Campus. He has covered the four faces of the building with murals measuring 4000 square meters. In 1972, Juan O'Gorman was honored with the National Prize for Arts and Sciences. 

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Miguel Covarrubias
(Mexican Painter, Caricaturist, Illustrator, Ethnologist and Art Historian)
Miguel Covarrubias
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Birthdate: November 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: February 4, 1957

Miguel Covarrubias donned many hats, and apart from being a painter and caricaturist, he was also a fine writer, an anthropologist, and an ethnologist. He explored the cultures of South East Asians and North American Indians and also co-discovered the Olmec Mesoamerican civilization. He designed theater sets and costumes, too.

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Manuel Felguerez
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Birthdate: December 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valparaíso, Mexico
Died: June 8, 2020

Manuel Felguérez was a Mexican artist whose works are still being displayed across Mexico. One of the most important members of the Generación de la Ruptura, Felguérez was honored with the prestigious Premio Nacional de Artes in 1988. A multi-talented person, Felguérez was also a sculptor and teacher; he worked as a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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Cristóbal de Villalpando
(Mexican Artist Known for His Decorative and Luminous Baroque Style)
Cristóbal de Villalpando
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Birthdate: 1649 AD
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: August 20, 1714

Born in Mexico, Baroque painter Cristóbal de Villalpando created masterpieces that still adorn Mexican cathedrals. Much of his work, such as Triumph of the Eucharist, was influenced by Peter Paul Rubens and his techniques of brushwork and color. He also drew from Mannerism and created a distinct local Mexican style.

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Francisco Zúñiga
(Artist Known both for his painting and his sculpture)
Francisco Zúñiga
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Birthdate: December 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San José, Costa Rica
Died: August 9, 1998
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Luis Nishizawa
(Artist known for his landscape work and murals)
Luis Nishizawa
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Birthdate: February 2, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cuautitlan, Mexico
Died: September 29, 2014
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Abraham Cruzvillegas
(Visual Artist)
Abraham Cruzvillegas
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican conceptual artist, sculptor, and professor Abraham Cruzvillegas is best known for pioneering the artistic concept of autoconstrucción. Born to a landscape and portrait painter, he began collecting random items to create art as he grew up. The Water Trilogy remains one of his best-known works.

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Leonardo Nierman
(Sculptor, Painter)
Leonardo Nierman
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Birthdate: November 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Juan Soriano
(Mexican Artist Known for His Paintings, Sculptures and Theater Work)
Juan Soriano
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Birthdate: August 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: February 10, 2006

A child prodigy, Mexican artist Juan Soriano began exhibiting his art at age 14. Inspired by several schools of art, he introduced his signature style of romantic realism. Apart from being a fine painter and sculptor, the National Art Prize winner also designed sets and costumes for theater.

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Fanny Rabel
(Painter)
Fanny Rabel
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Birthdate: August 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Poland
Died: November 25, 2008
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Manuel Tolsá
(Architect)
Manuel Tolsá
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Birthdate: May 4, 1757
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Enguera, Spain
Died: December 24, 1816

Spanish-born sculptor and architect Manuel Tolsá is credited with introducing Neoclassical art to Mexico, then known as New Spain. His most iconic works include the construction of the College of Mines and the completion of the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral. Apart from Neoclassical symmetry, he also used Baroque elements.

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Gunther Gerzso
(Painter, Screenwriter, Director)
Gunther Gerzso
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Birthdate: June 17, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 21, 2000
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Raúl Anguiano
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Birthdate: February 26, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: January 13, 2006
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Julio Galán
(Artist)
Julio Galán
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Birthdate: December 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Múzquiz, Mexico
Died: August 4, 2006
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Francisco Eppens Helguera
(Mexican artist known for his paintings, murals and sculptures of images and scenes distinctly Mexican)
Francisco Eppens Helguera
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Birthdate: February 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Died: September 6, 1990
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Helen Escobedo
(Sculptor)
Helen Escobedo
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Birthdate: July 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: September 16, 2010
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Alberto Gironella
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Birthdate: September 26, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: August 3, 1999
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Pia Camil
(Artist)
Pia Camil
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico