Zacatecas, 1928 -
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Manuel Felguerez is a Mexican abstract artist best known for his involvement in the postwar "Generacion de la Ruptura" group. In making Constructivist and Cubist inspired sculptures and paintings, Felguerez confronted the dominant style of such Mexican muralists as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco, with work focused on aesthetic and formal experimentation rather than political or social agendas. The artist was raised in Mexico City and went on to study under French-Russian Cubist artist Ossip Zadkine at the Grande Chaumière Academy in Paris. Felguerez’s abstract art was not accepted in Mexico at the time, so he turned to Europe to fully explore what he termed “multiple space” painting. In France, he met Lilia Carrillo and later he married her, who, along with Vicente Rojo, Rodolfo Nieto, Alberto Gironella, Fernando Garcia Ponce, and Francisco Corzas comprised the "Generacion de la Ruptura" group. In 1998, the Manuel Felguerez Abstract Art Museum in the city of Zacatecas was opened, where around 100 of his works are housed along with works of another 170 Mexican and international artists working in an abstract style.