Fernando Garcia Ponce

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Fernando Garcia Ponce
BornAugust 25, 1933
Died11 July 1987(1987-07-11) (aged 53)
EducationNational Autonomous University of Mexico
MovementGeneración de la Ruptura
Spouse(s)Denise Brosseau

Fernando Garcia Ponce (1933–1987) was a Mexican architect and abstract artist who belonged to the Generación de la Ruptura.[1] García Ponce is best known for his paintings and collages, most of which utilize structured and geometric forms rather than organic shapes.[2]


García Ponce was born in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico on August 25, 1933 to Juan García Rodes, immigrant from Spain, and María "Monina" Ponce G. Cantón, a member of the so-called "casta divina" of Yucatán.[3][4][5] At the age of 11, García Ponce's family moved to Mexico City. In 1952, García Ponce enrolled at the National Autonomous University of Mexico to study architecture.[1][6]

In 1967 García Ponce met the French Canadian actress Denise Brosseau,[7] who had previously been married to Alejandro Jodorowsky. Brosseau and García Ponce married and had one child, Esteban García Brosseau.[8][3]

On July 11, 1987 García Ponce died of a heart attack in Coyoacán, Mexico City; García Ponce was 54 at the time.[9][10]

Fernando's elder brother Juan Garcia Ponce, was a well known author and has published works about his brother's art and life.[4]


García Ponce’s artwork is inspired by the cubist experience. The artist chose to work through depersonalization and the search of purity.

Later, he became more focused in exploring the balance between form and space. His goal was to push his artwork past its initial appearance to the viewer.

García Ponce has allowed for his paintings to speak for themselves. His artworks are living spaces animated by the artist’s spirit.[clarification needed]

“Since his first exhibition, Fernando Garcia Ponce showed that his paintings could be presided over by a sign of rigor. Influenced by cubism, his early works clearly displayed the feeling that had determined the choices of painters before him. Before Braque or Picasso, the memory of Juan Gris. Facing the temptation to include the complete reality of the object in the closed atmosphere of the painting, facing the creative liberty and the will to transform, the painter would choose depersonalization, the search of final purity of which is capable of formal representation. His cubism was, in the most profound sense, analytic.”[citation needed]

“His paintings are simple and difficult, empty spaces, spaces made alive through the presence of the creator’s spirit that becomes incarnated in the work.”

Some of his works are:

Self-portrait (1951)

Natural Death (1959)

Painting A-63 (1963)

Bottling Peninsula, ca (1966)

Relief and Space (1970)

Homage to Picasso (1976)

Glory and Death (1980)

Horizontal Composition with Red Point (1986)


  1. ^ a b "Fernando García Ponce, an artist faithful to himself". Google Arts & Culture. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  2. ^ "Biografia | Fernando García Ponce". www.fernandogarciaponce.com. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  3. ^ a b Garcia Ponce, Juan. "Vida, formas y muerte de pintor" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b Ago 19, meridadeyucatan com |; Literatura, 2016 | (2016-08-19). "JUAN GARCÍA PONCE, LA AMBOSÍA DE LA INTELIGENCIA". meridadeyucatan.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  5. ^ Vallarino, Roberto. (2002). Fernando García Ponce : la atracción por poblar el vacío. México: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. pp. 6–7. ISBN 9701876423. OCLC 52199953.
  6. ^ "Biografia | Fernando García Ponce". www.fernandogarciaponce.com. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  7. ^ Vallarino, Roberto. (2002). Fernando García Ponce : la atracción por poblar el vacío. México: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. p. 23. ISBN 9701876423. OCLC 52199953.
  8. ^ Epoca: semanario de México, Issues 309-321. 1997.
  9. ^ "Fernando García Ponce en Museo Blaisten". museoblaisten.com. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  10. ^ "Esteban Garcia Brosseau, Reflejos y Parentescos, Fernando Garcia Ponce, Un impulso constructivo". Scribd. Retrieved 2019-01-13.

Ponce, Juan García. Nueve Pintores Mexicanos. México, D.F.: Universidad Nacional Autónoma De México, 2006. Print.

Vallarino, Roberto. Fernando García Ponce: La Atracción Por Poblar El Vacío. México: Dirección General De Publicaciones, 2002. Print.

Artist's Website: http://www.fernandogarciaponce.com/