Francisco Toledo

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Francisco Toledo
Francisco Toledo, 2005 (cropped).jpg
Francisco Toledo in 2005.
Francisco Benjamin López Toledo

July 17, 1940
NationalityMexican (Zapotec)[1]
Known forGraphic Art
Spouse(s)Trine Ellitsgaard[2]

Francisco Benjamín López Toledo (born July 17, 1940, Juchitán, Oaxaca) is a Mexican painter,[3] 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),[4] 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.[5] 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.[7]


  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". the Guardian.
  3. ^ Goodwin, Christopher (29 May 2000). "His name is Francisco Toledo, but everyone calls him El Maestro". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  4. ^ Gobierno del Estado de Oaxaca. "Francisco Toledo".
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Zaken, Ministerie van Algemene. "Laudation address by His Royal Highness The Prince of Orange on behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Claus to the recipients of the Principal 2000 Prince Claus Award at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam, December 12, 2000".
  7. ^ Alumnos amagan con 'tomar' la Universidad de Oaxaca, Jorge Octavio Ochoa, El Universal, 21 September 2006

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