Mexican mu­ral­ist Jose Luis Cuevas dies at age 83

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Mexican pain­ter Jose Luis Cuevas, who made his mark by break­ing with the hy­per-na­tion­al­ist tra­di­tion of the coun­try’s mu­ral­ists of the 1930s and 1940s, died on Mon­day. He was 83.

Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto an­nounced Cuevas’ pass­ing but did not give a cause of death.

Mu­ral­ists of that time like Diego Rivera ide­al­ized the work­ing class, peas­ants and Mex­ico’s in­dige­nous past. But Cuevas was known for his twisted, dis­torted de­pic­tions of the hu­man form, both in paint­ing and sculp­ture.

Cuevas was best known for his 1950s man­i­festo “The Nopal Curtain,” and a “tem­po­rary” mu­ral he erected on a bill­board in 1967, and took down a month later.

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