Manuel FELGUÉREZ


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Born: 1928, Zacatecas, Mexico City.

Education: He began his studies at the Academy of San Carlos, and later in France he studied with Ossip Zadkine at the Grande Chaumiere Academy in Paris. In 1951 he returned to Mexico to study at La Esmeralda with Francisco Zúñiga and in 1954 he returned to Paris, France, for a scholarship at the Colarossi Academy.

Experience: As an academic, he has worked for many important institutions such as Cornell University, the Universidad Iberoamericana, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Harvard University. Between 1959 and 1970 he made a large mural work of a very different character from that of Mexican muralism, despite maintaining its monumental meaning. He executed thirty murals in the capital of Mexico

Awards: he was awarded the Grand Prix of the Sao Paolo Biennial and the Guggenheim Scholarship he received in 1975. He received the National Prize for the Arts in 1988 and in 1993 he was named Creator Emeritus by decree of the President of Mexico.

In 1998, the Manuel Felguerez Museum of Abstract Art was inaugurated to exhibit more than 100 works by the artist, including a large gallery where murals were made for the Pavilion of Mexico at the World Fair in Osaka, Japan.