Francisco ZÚÑIGA


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Born: San José, December 27, 1912, Mexico City. Death: August 9, 1998, Tlalplan, Mexico.

Education: In 1927 he entered the School of Fine Arts in his hometown.

Experience: From 1928 to 1934 he was assistant in the family workshop of religious sculpture. He worked as an assistant in the family workshop of religious sculpture. He studied design with Rodríguez Lozano and sculpture with Oliverio Martínez, with whom he collaborated to realize the innovative sculptural groups of the monument to the Mexican Revolution. In 1938 he was appointed professor of sculpture and direct carving school La Esmeralda, directed by Guillermo Ruiz, its founder, who helped in the realization of public monuments until 1942. In 1943 he participated in the organization of the Free Sculpture Workshop. In 1946 he works in the memorial of the Valsequillo-Puebla dam. Realized the reliefs of the Secretariat of Communications and Transports in direct carving (1954). In 1972 he began his work with lithography: La Juchiteca (1972), Mother and daughter (1974), Girls with bread (1980). It was included in the book 45 Mexican Artists by Virginia Stewart, published by Stanford University Press in 1949. In 1964 he produced the sources Youth and Nuclear Physics, in bronze for the New Chapultepec, Mexico. He made for the people of Costa Rica between 1976 and 1977 the Monument to the Farmer and the group The family in bronze. He works from 1978 to 1981 each year one season in Carrara, Italy. Sculpture for exhibitions in the United States and Europe. He also works in graphics in Paris and Barcelona. He worked lithography since 1973.

Awards: First Prize in 1935 of the Sculpture Hall in Costa Rica, with La maternidad. First Sculpture Prize of the National Institute of Fine Arts. National Prize of Sciences and Arts in the area of ​​Fine Arts (1992). Kotaro Takamura Award at the Third Japan Sculpture Biennial.

Shows: His works have been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Salvador, San Francisco, Washington DC, Stockholm, Toronto highlight El minero (1949) in Angangueo, Michoacán; Fishing and harvest (1952), among others.

Collections: In the San Diego Museum of Art museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (in New York), the Museum of Modern Art (in Mexico), the Phoenix Art Museum (in Arizona), the Museum of Modern Art (in Arte de Ponce (in Puerto Rico), and the Hirshhorn Museum (in Washington DC).