Adolfo Mexiac (1927)

Born in Cuto de la Esperanza Michoacan, he started his artistic career at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Morelia. Once he moved to Mexico City, he studied at the Academia de San Carlos and then graphic arts at the Escuela de Artes La Esmeralda and UNAM. Although he masters several techniques, Mexiac is perhaps best known as an engraver and specially revered for his xylography. Admirer of the mural movement and influenced by the great artists of his time Posada, Mendez and Chavez Morado, Mexiac has concentrated his subject to the social themes in Mexico.

"If we want to make revolutionary art, we have as our main weapon the print, this noble artistic expression which has always served it's duty to denounce, fight and give hope to a population that has long been exploited." - Adolfo Mexiac

Among his murals, we find "Pasado, Presente y Futuro" at the Centro Coordinador Indigenista de Tlalpa, Guerrero, "La Ayuda del Hombre por el Hombre" at the Instituto Nacional Indigenista, Los Constitucionales de Mexico" at the Legislative Palace of San Lazaro that was destroyed and rebuilt by him in 1992, and some others made at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

He became a member of the Academia de Artes del Salon de la Plastica Mexicana in 1956 and has exhibited frequently with the Taller de Grafica Popular. His work has been shown in México, Poland, the Czech Republic, Japan, Italy, Puerto Rico, Germany and the US. In 1960 he became a professor at the Academia de San Carlos where for many generations he contributed to the development of new artists in Mexico.

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