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 Max Jimenez  (1900 - 1947)

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Lived/Active: Costa Rica/Argentina      Known for: modernist painting and sculpture

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Biography from Papillon Gallery:
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Son of Roberto Jimenez and Ana Huete, Max Jimenez began his career in the field of painting and sculpture in 1921.  In Paris, he made several exhibitions of pen drawings and sculptures in 1924 to positive reviews.

Max Jimenez's painting is quite related to his work in sculpture, in that it has similar volumes and the use of distortion in most of the figures.  Their themes and figures are mainly tropical and difficult to classify; his style can be considered avant-garde.

In 1925 due to financial difficulties, Jimenez had to return to Costa Rica where he continued dedicating himself to painting and also began writing articles highlighting art and the proletariat in 1926.  That same year he married Clemencia Uribe Soto and settled in San Isidro de Coronado.

The following year a number of his articles appeared in the Journal of Costa Rica and the American Repertory.  In 1928 he published his first novel, A Puppet, which developed a frame with a love triangle that caused a great scandal to the point of being withdrawn from bookstores.  He traveled to Europe seeking a publisher for his first book of poems, Gleba, which was published in Paris.

In 1929 he traveled to Spain and met many writers and intellectuals, among them Ramon del Valle-Inclán and Concha Espina, who appeared at his salon.  Since that time in Spain, the country had much influence on his poetry/

He began  techniques of engraving in wood and traveled to America to study at the Art Students League of New York. In 1938 began to perfect his technique of painting and began to innovate with materials produced by himself.  In 1939 he traveled to Paris where he exhibited ten paintings.

In 1943 he traveled to Havana where he became involved with various artists and continued to paint tropical theme and subjects of black Cubans.  He exhibited 14 paintings in this capital.

In 1945 he returned to Costa Rica where he had an exhibition of 21 paintings, but had a poor reception from critics of his country.

In 1946 he traveled to Chile and soon after to Buenos Aires where he died.

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