Artist Search
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 

 Federico Cantu  (1907 - 1989)

About: Federico Cantu


Examples of his work


Quick facts

Exhibits - current  




Book references

Magazine references pre-2007  

Discussion board

Signature Examples*

Buy and Sell: Federico Cantu
  For sale ads

Auction results*

  Wanted ads Auctions upcoming for him*  


Auction sales graphs*


What's my art worth?

Magazine ads pre-1998*  

Market Alert - Free

Lived/Active: California / Mexico      Known for: modernist-leaning landscape, figure and genre painting

Login for full access
View AskART Services

*may require subscription

Available for Federico Cantu:

Quick facts (Styles, locations, mediums, teachers, subjects, geography, etc.) (Federico Cantu)


Biographical information (Federico Cantu)


Book references (Federico Cantu)


Museum references (Federico Cantu)


Dealers (Federico Cantu)


Auction records - upcoming / past (Federico Cantu)


Auction high record price (Federico Cantu)


Signature Examples* (Federico Cantu)


Analysis of auction sales (Federico Cantu)


Discussion board entries (Federico Cantu)


Image examples of works (Federico Cantu)


Please send me Alert Updates for Federico Cantu (free)
What is an alert list?

Ad Code: 3
Federico Cantu
from Auction House Records.
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:

Federico Cantú Garza 1907- 1989

A painter, engraver, muralist and sculptor, he was born in Cadereyta in the state of Nuevo León in 1907.  In 1922 he joined the Open Air School of Painting directed by Alfredo Ramos Martínez, whose original ideas enhanced his education.  In contrast to other artists, his style followed an academic line that he also applied to mural painting.

For ten years (1924-1934) he traveled around Europe and the United States.  He exhibited for the first time in the Exposition Park Museum in Los Angeles, California 1929, and took part in several collective exhibitions in New York MOMA 1940.  He returned to Mexico in 1934, and in 1945 he began to work in drypoint with Carlos Alvarado Lang  In 1986, the exhibition in homage to Federico Cantú "Ciclos y reencuentros" was held in the Palace of Fine Arts.  That same year he went to the United States for the last time to hold classes at the University of California.

The historical and religious content of his work was developed through a drawing technique of excellent quality.  For ten years after 1951 he devoted himself mainly to painting murals in private homes.  In 1960 he began producing reliefs and emblematic sculpture of the Mexican Institute of Social Security.  He created his last monument, a memorial to Alfonso Reyes, in 1988.  Federico Cantú died in Mexico City in 1989.

Just as Rodríguez Lozano, Federico Cantú felt a special attraction to the work of Picasso, and his influence is felt not only in the subject matter, but also in the compositional treatment of the production of several Mexican artists.  Picasso and his paintings were known and studied in detail in Paris and New York by Cantú. Arlequines is, curiously, the same theme as several Picasso engravings which are in the collection at the National School of Fine Arts, where Cantú might have seen them long before he did the decorations for the bar Papillón in Mexico City, precisely with the theme The Harlequin's life Grotescos Rapto de Arlequín, Sad Arlequín ( Colección Cantú Y de Teresa).  At one time the American collector MacKinley Helm showed Cantú's drawings to Diego Rivera, who, wanting to scoff at them, said he "was the poor people's Picasso".  What can be said is that the subject matter has a genealogy that goes back directly to the most influential Spanish painter of the XX century,

Cf. MacKinley Helm. Modern Mexican Painters. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1941. Federico Cantú © Fundación Federico Cantú © Cantú Art © Cantú y de Teresa ©

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Sculptor, painter.  Born in Mexico in 1907.  While in Mexico Cantu worked for several years as an apprentice to Diego Rivera before moving to Los Angeles in 1928.

Exhibitions include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1930; the San Francisco Art Association, 1930; Stendahls (LA), 1937; New York, 1940; Mexico City, 1950.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at
  go to top home | site map | site terms | AskART services & subscriptions | contact | about us
  copyright © 2000-2015 AskART all rights reserved ® AskART and Artists' Bluebook are registered trademarks

  A |  B |  C |  D-E |  F-G |  H |  I-K |  L |  M |  N-P |  Q-R |  S |  T-V |  W-Z  
  art appraisals, art for sale, auction records