Francisco Toledo, 1940-2019

Born in July 17, 1940 in Juchitán in the State of Oaxaca. Toledo began to work in Mexico City in the Engraving Free Workshop in the School of Arts, dependent of the National Institute of Fine Arts. Before he was 19 years old his work was already exhibited in Mexico and in Fortworth, TX. In 1960 he traveled to Europe studying for 5 years and working with Stnley William Hayter in Paris. He returns to Mexico in 1965 and cultivates many genres as painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic art also designing tapestries with the artisans from Teotitlán del Valle. In 1977 he moved out to New York for a while. He returned and living between Mexico City and Oaxaca until the middle of the eighties. In 1978 exhibited recent works in the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York. A retrospective was showed in 1980 in the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City and graphic works in 1984 in the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, traveling later to La Havana. A second exhibition of graphic works was exhibited the same year in the Mexican Center Museum of Fine Arts in Chicago. Toledo has illustrated also several books based in ancestral stories such as Sahagún, Chilam Balam, Guachi. He collaborated to establish the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO) in 1993 and to restore some places in Santo Domingo to found the Centro Centro Cultural Santo Domingo in Oaxaca. In 1996 was opened there a library to blind people and the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo. He received the National Prize from Ernesto Zedillo in november, 1998. In 1999 he exhibited a new series of etchings in Casa de la Cultura de Oaxaca and in Galería Juan Martín. The regionalism of his work interacting with universalist connonations attracted the attention of critics and public in his exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London with great success. This show traveled later to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Spain. Later he worked in Los Angeles and now he works and lives in Oaxaca.

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