Arturo García Bustos

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Arturo García Bustos speaking at a book presentation in the Palacio de Bellas Artes

Arturo García Bustos (born August 8, 1926) is a Mexican painter and print maker. He is known as one of “Los Fridos” students who studied under Frida Kahlo at her home in Coyoacán.

Life[edit]

Arturo García Bustos was born in Mexico City, near the Zócalo. He grew up during the time when Mexican muralism was dominant, which drew him to art. After attending high school at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria Núm 1, specializing in architecture, he entered the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in 1941, at age fifteen.[1] The following year (1943) he entered the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura ("La Esmeralada") where his teachers were Frida Kahlo, Feliciano Peña, Agustín Lazo and María Izquierdo, studying there for five years.[2] During his career she studied printmaking as well, including courses in printmaking with Korean artist Wan Jon Ja in Pyongyang and Chinese printing in Beijing in 1957.[2]

García Bustos’ social life when he was younger revolved around the circles of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, even meeting his wife, Rina Lazo through the famous couple. [3] He married her in 1949. [4]

The couple is still married and lives in the Coyoacán borough of Mexico City. Their house is in the La Conchita neighborhood, a colonial structure called Casa Colorada, on Calle de Vallarta in the La Conchita neighborhood of Coyoacán.[5][6] Their home is said to be a residence of La Malinche. It was later a monastery, prison and hospital. After living there for more than forty years, in 2006, they opened part of it on the ground floor to house the Galería de la Casa Colorado. This gallery is run by the couple’s only daughter, Rina García Lazo, who is an architect specializing in the restoration of monuments.[7][5]

Career[edit]

His career began as one of four students who went to Coyoacán to study under Frida Kahlo in the Coyoacán section of Mexico City. These students became known as Los Fridos.[8] He worked as an apprentice in mural painting with Diego Rivera and initially learned engraving and lithography working at the Taller de Gráfica Popular with Leopoldo Méndez. In 1958, he collaborated with graphic designer Miguel Prieto at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.[2]

He has had individual and collective exhibition in various parts of Mexico and abroad. Individual exhibits include those in Mexico City, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacán and Guadalajara as well as in countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador, the United States, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Germany, the Soviet Union and North Korea. He participated in numerous collective exhibitions especially with the Taller de Gráfica Popular early in his career as well as biennials sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana.[2] In 2005, a collection consisting of eleven of his paintings was exhibited at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City.[9]

While his is better known for his graphic work, he has also done a number of murals. In 1947 he assisted Frida Kahlo with a mural at the Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez House in Coyoacán. Other projects include a fresco the Hotel Posada del Sol in Mexico City (1948), a fresco depicting Zapata at the Escuela Rural de Temixco, Morelos (1950), a series of seven murals at the Sociedad Cooperativa Ejidal, with Rina Lazo and Atilio Carrasco (1952), a fresco called Pobledores de las Siete Regiones de Oaxaca at the Museo Nacional de Antropología (1964), A series of sixteen print murals to decorate the Venustiano Carranza House Museum in Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila (1969), A series of nine panels for the Casa de Obrero Mundial in Mexico City (1971), Oaxaca en la historía de México at the state government building in the city of Oaxaca and a mural at the cultural center of Azcapotzalco, Mexico City.[2][1]

Much of his career has been spent teaching and giving lectures, seminars and conferences. He taught engraving at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Guatemala City and founded the Taller de Grabado at the Casa del Lago in Chapultepec.[2] He taught fine arts at the Escuela de Bellas Artes of the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, Escuela de Iniciación Artística Núm. 3 in Mexico City and drawing and painting workshops at the Casa del Lago in Chapultepec.He has given conferences on the history of engraving and lithography in Mexico at the state universities of Oaxaca and Sinaloa, the Galería Municipal de Veracruz and in various venues in Mexico City. Abroad he has given conference on Mexican muralism and engraving in Germany, Italy and Guatemala.[2]

Recognitions include first prize at a UNAM event honoring the Niños Heroes (1947), second prize at a poster contest honoring Chopin (1949), Peace Movement Gold Medal in Guatemala (1953), first prize at an event sponsored by Grupo Saker-Ti in Guatemala (1954), first prize and gold medal at the V Festival de la Juventud in Poland (1955), first prize at the Salón Annual de Grabado at the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana (1957), silver medal at an engraving event in Moscow (1957), first prize from the Consejo Nacional de Turismo, Mexico City (1962).[2]

He became a member of the Academia de Artes in 1973, the World Peace Council in 1974 and the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana in 1974.[2]

Artistry[edit]

García Bustos considers hiemself an "heir to the figurative strand of Mexican art." He remembers the impact that seeing Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco at work made on him in Mexico City, prompting him to have "visual shocks" and dream that he too was painting murals.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Guillermo Tovar de Teresa (1996). Repertory of Artists in Mexico: Plastic and Decorative Arts II. Mexico City: Grupo Financiero Bancomer. p. 38. ISBN 968 6258 56 6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Presencia del Salón de la Plástica Mexicana [Presence of the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana] (in Spanish). Mexico: INBA. 1979. pp. 102–103. 
  3. ^ Marta Sandoval (September 19, 2004). "Rina Lazo: pintora de las raíces" [Rina Lazo:painter of roots]. El Periodico (in Spanish) (Guatemala City). Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Tesoros del Registro Civil Salón de la Plástica Mexicana [Treasures of the Civil Registry Salón de la Plástica Mexicana] (in Spanish). Mexico: Government of Mexico City and CONACULTA. 2012. pp. 118–120. 03 2012 041612033800 07. 
  5. ^ a b Oscar Cid de León (December 16, 2006). "Estrenan galería en casa Rina Lazo y García Bustos" [Open gallery in the home of Rina Lazo and García Bustos] (in Spanish). Mexico City: Reforma. p. 7. 
  6. ^ "Lazo defiende vigencia de la Escuela Mexicana de Pintura" [Lazo defende relativeness of the Mexican School of Painting]. Crónica (in Spanish) (Mexico City). October 17, 2005. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rina Lazo". Revista Amiga (in Spanish) (Mexico City). July 1, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Anon [1], ARTSSPACE.COM BEYOND LANGUAGE AND GEOGRAPHY.
  9. ^ Anon [2], Artspace bio.

External links[edit]

  • Listings for over 125 works produced by Arturo García Bustos during his time at the Taller de Gráfica Popular can be viewed at Gráfica Mexciana.