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 Feliciano Bejar  (1920 - 2007)

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Lived/Active: New York / Mexico      Known for: drawing, painting, sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Feliciano Bejar Ruiz (b. 1920 / d. 2007)

Ruiz was born in Jiquilpan, Michoacan in 1920.

At age five, he suffered from polio, his mother motivated Ruiz to learn various artistic techniques. Ruiz was a self-taught artist in disciplines such as: drawing, painting and sculpting. Ruiz spent his childhood in him native Jiquilpan.

During the Cristera War from 1926 to 1929, contemplated the two opposing sides of human nature: the ability to create life and the capacity to destroy life. During those years, he met the Mexican muralist, Merciful Jose Orozo who heavily influenced Bejar's artwork

To survive, Ruiz had many jobs in a variety of fields. He was a salesman of fabrics, a dishwasher and an elevator operator. Ruiz lived in New York City, becoming a painter and frequenting the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. In 1947, he returned to Mexico.

Béjar participated in more than 125  exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Australia and several countries of Europe. His works are in collections of more than 75 museums in Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Canada, Colombia, France, Israel and Great Britain, among others countries.  Ruiz had the desire to bring the beauty of art to all societies.

In 1981, many of his works were destroyed in his home from a flood. Then in 1993, Ruiz was committed to an institution for mental health due to dementia.

In 2007, Ruiz died in Mexico City.

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