Jesús Guerrero Galván , 1910-1973

Born into a farming family in Tonila, Jalisco, he went to the United States with his mother and sister where he appears to have begun his education as a painter in the School of Plastic Arts in San Antonio, Texas. When he returned to Mexico he joined the workshop of the academic painter José Vizcarra in Guadalajara, where he excelled in drawing technique. Before the age of 20 he joined the "Banderas de Provincia" group in Jalisco, made up of painters, writers and poets such as Raúl Anguiano, José Guadalupe Zuno y Agustín Yáñez. Around 1930 he settled in Mexico City, where he came into contact with some of the painters of the nationalist revolutionry school. He joined the group of artists who did murals. His first individual exhibition was in the Galería de Arte Mexicano in 1941. In 1942 he was invited to the University of New Mexico in Alburquerque as a resident artist, where he did the fresco entitled The Union of the Americas Associated for Freedom. Because he was considered a master of the Mexican school of painting an exhibition was held in homage to him in the Museo de Arte Moderno of Mexico City in 1977. Common subjects of his work are women and children, and as a fine drawer and colorist he is distinguished by the excellence of his portraits. He died in Cuernavaca, Morelos, in 1973.