Modern


Manuel Felguérez

Zacatecas, Mexico, 1928

Painter and sculptor. In the late forties, he studied at the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City. At the beginning of the fifties, thanks to a scholarship from the French government he traveled to Paris where he studied at the Academy de la Grande Chaumier and at the Colarossi Academy. There he perfected his sculptural work with the master Ossip Zadkine, whose work will influence the young Felguérez. In the mid-fifties he became one of the pioneers of the Abstract trend, provoking a true renewal of the Mexican visual arts landscape in the second half of the XX century. Between 1965 and 1990 he developed an intense teaching and research work that took him to Cornell University and Harvard University in the United States. He tought Composition Classes in the National School of Plastic Arts and 1977 he became a researcher at the Institute of Aesthetic Research at UNAM. The work of Felguérez poses a dialectic between abstraction and expression. His paintings articulate geometric figures as squares, triangles, circles or rectangles, that collides with the imprint of an expressive Informalism charged with gestural spontaneity. Among the most important prizes and recognitions: Great Prize of Honor in the XIII Biennial of Sao Paulo (1975); Guggenheim Grant Guggenheim Foundation (1975); National Prize of Sciences and Arts in the area of Fine Arts, Mexico (1988); Medal of the Fine Arts of Mexico (2016). The painting as well as Felguérez’ sculpture, has a strong conceptual profile, being an art that overflows the world of sensibility to delve into concepts, through which we can investigate and know the reality of the current world.Among his most important exhibitions are Unión Panamericana Gallery, Washington,D.C. (1960); Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1976); Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid, (1981); XLII Biennial of Venice, Mexican Pavilion, Venice (1986); “Manuel Felguérez”, Durban Segnini Gallery (Miami, 2016). His works are present in distinguished public and private collections such as, among others, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, Mexico City. Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art, Zacatecas (Mexico). Museum of Modern Art (Mexico) and National Bank Collection (Mexico). Among his most important exhibitions are Unión Panamericana Gallery, Washington,D.C. (1960); Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1976); Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid, (1981); XLII Biennial of Venice, Mexican Pavilion, Venice (1986); “Manuel Felguérez”, Durban Segnini Gallery (Miami, 2016). His works are present in distinguished public and private collections such as, among others, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, Mexico City. Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art, Zacatecas (Mexico). Museum of Modern Art (Mexico) and National Bank Collection (Mexico).

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