Irma Palacios, n. 1943

Irma Palacios, an artist from the state of Guerrero, who is considered one of the best abstract expressionist painters in Mexico, was born in Iguala in 1943. She grew in diverse places: Coahuila, Oaxaca and Puebla because of her father, an Education Inspector. Palacios returned to Iguala where she began to be interested in drawing and painting. At the age of fifteen, she moved to Mexico City. She attended the workshop of Reyes Haro at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado " La Esmeralda". As a regular student, Palacios met there Francisco, José, Miguel and Alberto Castro Leñero, Ilse Gradwohl, Gilda Castillo, Victoria Compañ, Gabriel Macotela. Between 1973 and 1979, she investigated about pictorial materials, then her work was influenced by the Spanish Informalism: she took the forms and textures the Nature offered her until joined Abstractionism that continues in her work. She gained the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and one from the Sistema Nacional de Creadores. She won the first prize of the Painting Biennial "Rufino Tamayo". She had have solo shows in the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (1993); Museo Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (1995); Chac-Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, California (1995) and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Yucatán (2003), between many other museums and galleries in Mexico and the United States. Her work has been classified inside the Lyric Abstractionism, where its most notable precedent in our country was Lilia Carrillo.