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 Jose Luis Cuevas  (1934 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / Mexico      Known for: neo-figurative drawing, grotesque portraiture

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BIOGRAPHY for Jose Cuevas
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1934 (Mexico City, Mexico)
 
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New York / Mexico


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neo-figurative drawing, grotesque portraiture

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The following was written and compiled by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California:

Jose Luis Cuevas was born in Mexico City in 1934.  He began drawing at an early age.  While convalescing from a serious boyhood illness he became a voracious reader.  At the age of ten he enrolled as an irregular student at the School of Painting and Sculpture,  'La Esmeralda'  in Mexico City.  He began exhibiting in the early 1950s and is regarded as one of the foremost representatives of the neo-figurative movement that emerged in Latin America from the late 1950s onwards.  Cuevas specialized in incisive satirical ink, wash and pencil drawings of grotesque creatures and degraded humanity, often including self-portraits in his compositions. Although he followed the tradition of Goya, his work was strongly flavored by 19th and 20th century literature, contemporary life and horror and detective films.

Cuevas found the 'Mexican nationalism' of Rivera and Siqueiros  distasteful, and he rebelled against the Muralist establishment in Mexico.  However, he acknowledged a debt to Orozco, whose own satirical sense was expressed in his murals and early cartoons.

Following a  first exhibition in a vacant lot, Cuevas had his first gallery exhibition in Mexico City in 1953.  In 1954 a Cuban art critic organized an exhibition of his work at the Pan American Union in Washington which launched the artist abroad.  In  1955 he had a show at a gallery in Paris, where Picasso bought two of his drawings.  From then on he exhibited regularly in the United States, Europe and Latin America. The winner of many international prizes, his work is in public and private collections in Latin America, the United States and France.

As Cuevas' notoriety grew, so did the appreciation of his art.  In time, his compelling black and white figures, penned in hot haste as if they were apparations that might disappear, began to fetch prices higher than the drawings of even Mexico's famed Rufino Tamayo.

Sources include:
The Oxford Companion to 20th Century Art, edited by Harold Osborne
Time Magazine, March 29, 1963


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jose Luis Cuevas is a self-taught drawer, engraver and sculptor who is primarily active in Mexico but also in New York.  His most characteristic works portray drawings of misshapen creatures and misery in the contemporary world.  Cuevas began showing early artistic talent and briefly attended the Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Escultura 'La Esmeralda' in Mexico City.  He later studied graphic arts at the Institución de Enseñanza Universitaria in Mexico City.

During the 1950s, his early years were with the Galería Prisse in Mexico City, and he joined a group of young artists called the "Rupture-Generation", including Alberto Gironella, Enrique Echeverriá, Pedro Coronel, Manuel Felguérez and Francisco Icaza. This politically-active group were opposed to the socialist artists favoured by the Government.  They rebelled against the official social-content mural art and became active in defining the contemporary artistic panorama of Mexico.

In 1953, he had his first exhibition at the Galería Prisse; and the following year exhibited at the Pan American Union, Washington, DC.  He was subsequently invited to work in various workshops worldwide, including the Tamarind Workshop in Los Angeles, CA, and Poligrafa in Barcelona in 1981.  While in Mexico, he worked at the Taller Kyron, among others.

Cuevas has had individual shows in Washington, Paris, New York, Rome, Venice, Sao Paulo, Vienna, Madrid, Santiago.  He has won many awards including the Drawing Prize at the V Biennial of Sao Paulo (1959), the National Prize of Science and Art of México- the highest distinction of the Mexican Government for scientists and artists (1981).  In 1991, the French government named him "a Gentleman of the Order of the Arts and Letters".

In 1997, he received the Tomas Francisco Prieto Award in Engraving bestowed by Queen Sofia, Madrid, Spain.  Cuevas writes a weekly column in Excelsior, one of the main México City newspapers.  The José Luis Cuevas Museum in México City honors his contribution to art and displays contemporary art collection of the artist.

Sources include:
PicassoMio.com and The Adani Gallery


Biography from RoGallery.com:
Jose Cuevas was born in Mexico City in 1934.  By the age of fourteen, he had illustrated numerous periodicals and books and had had his first exhibition in Mexico City.  In 1953, Cuevas published La cortina del nopal (The Cactus Curtain), an article condemning aspects of the Mexican Mural movement and advocating greater artistic freedom.  This philosophy inspired the founding in 1960 of the group Nueva Presencia, which he joined for a brief time.  It promoted individual expression and figurative art reflecting the contemporary human condition.

Cuevas' work was influenced by the graphic art of Goya and Picasso as well as by Posada and Orozco, whose representations of deformed creatures, degraded humanity and prostitutes were of particular thematic interest.  Over the years, he has paid homage to his favorite painters as well as writers, such as Dostoevsky, Kafka, Quevedo and Sade, in numerous series of drawings and prints.  Cuevas has said that his drawing represents the solitude and isolation of contemporary man and man's inability to communicate.  It is for this reason that he often distorts and transforms the human figure to the point of uniqueness.

Cuevas has had solo exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world including the University of Texas, Austin, 1961, the San Francisco Museum of Art, California,1970, the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, 1972, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, 1974, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, 1975, Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1976.

His work was included in the exhibition, "Four Masters of Line: Jose Luis Cuevas, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, and Morris Graves", Musee de la Napoule, France, 1957; and in "The Emergent Decade", Cornell University and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1965.

Among his many awards are First International Prize for Drawing, Biennial of Sao Paulo, 1959, First Prize, International Black and White Exhibition, Lugano, Switzerland, 1962, First International Prize for Printmaking, Triennial of Graphic Arts, New Delhi, India, 1968, First Prize, III Latin American Print Biennial, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1977.

Cuevas was awarded the National Prize for Fine Arts in Mexico in 1981 and represented Mexico at the 1982 Venice Biennial.  In 1992 the Museo Jose Luis Cuevas was opened in Mexico City.

Biography from GallArt.com:
Jose Cuevas was born in Mexico City in 1934. By the age of fourteen, he had illustrated numerous periodicals and books and had had his first exhibition in Mexico City. In 1953 Cuevas published La cortina del nopal (The Cactus Curtain), an article condemning aspects of the Mexican Mural movement and advocating greater artistic freedom. This philosophy inspired the founding in 1960 of the group Nueva Presencia, which he joined for a brief time and which promoted individual expression and figurative art reflecting the contemporary human condition.

Cuevas' work was influenced by the graphic art of Goya and Picasso as well as by Posada and Orozco, whose representations of deformed creatures, degraded humanity and prostitutes were of particular thematic interest. Over the years, he has paid homage to his favorite painters as well as writers, such as Dostoevsky, Kafka, Quevedo and Sade, in numerous series of drawings and prints.

Cuevas has said that his drawing represents the solitude and isolation of contemporary man and man's inability to communicate. It is for this reason that he often distorts and transforms the human figure to the point of uniqueness.

Cuevas has had solo exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world including University of Texas, Austin, 1961; San Francisco Museum of Art, California,1970; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, 1972; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, 1974; Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, 1975; Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1976.

His work was included in "Four Masters of Line: Jose Luis Cuevas, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, and Morris Graves",  Musee de la Napoule, France, 1957; and in "The Emergent Decade", Cornell University and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1965.

Among his many awards are First International Prize for Drawing, Biennial of Sao Paulo, 1959; First Prize, International Black and White Exhibition, Lugano, Switzerland, 1962; First International Prize for Printmaking, Triennial of Graphic Arts, New Delhi, India, 1968, First Prize, III Latin American Print Biennial, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1977.

Cuevas was awarded the National Prize for Fine Arts in Mexico in 1981 and represented Mexico at the 1982 Venice Biennial. In 1992 the Museo Jose Luis Cuevas was opened in Mexico City.

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