Francisco Toledo

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Francisco Toledo
Born Francisco Benjamin López Toledo
July 17, 1940
Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico
Nationality Mexican (Zapotec)[1]
Known for Graphic Art
Spouse(s) Elisa Ramirez Castañeda

Francisco Benjamín López Toledo (born July 17, 1940, Juchitán, Oaxaca) is a Mexican painter,[2] sculptor, and graphic artist. He studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Oaxaca and the Centro Superior de Artes Aplicadas del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico, where he studied graphic arts with Guillermo Silva Santamaria.

Art activism[edit]


His social and cultural concerns about his home state led to his participation in the establishment of an art library at the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO),[3] as well as his involvement in the founding of the es:Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO),[citation needed] the Patronato Pro-Defensa y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural de Oaxaca,[citation needed] a library for the blind,[citation needed] a photographic center,[citation needed] and the Eduardo Mata Music Library.[citation needed] Toledo works in various media, including pottery, sculpture, weaving, graphic arts, and paintings.[4] He has had exhibitions in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Japan, Sweden, the United States, as well as other countries.[citation needed]



Toledo's parents were Zapotec.[1] He is father of poet Natalia Toledo and artists Laureana Toledo and Dr Lakra.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Venados, 1981." Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accessed 7 April 2014.
  2. ^ Goodwin, Christopher (29 May 2000). "His name is Francisco Toledo, but everyone calls him El Maestro". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Gobierno del Estado de Oaxaca. "Francisco Toledo". 
  4. ^ Ollman, Leah (8 April 2016). "Critic's Choice: Primal lust in the art of Mexican master Francisco Toledo". Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Alumnos amagan con 'tomar' la Universidad de Oaxaca, Jorge Octavio Ochoa, El Universal, 21 September 2006

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