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April 4 -
June 10, 2017
Selections of Modern Postwar and Contemporary Art

Raúl Anguiano

(b. 1915 Guadalajara, Mexico d. 2006 Mexico City, Mexico)

(José) Raúl Anguiano Valadez was a Mexican painter and muralist who created realistic and surrealistic works that were inspired by Paul Cézanne, El Greco, Vincent van Gogh, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí. His most famous painting, La espina(“The Thorn”), which depicts a Mayan woman digging a splinter out of her foot with a knife, was sold at Christie’s in 2004 for $156,000. His mural for the Performing Arts Auditorium at the East Los Angeles College chronicles the history of 20th-century Mexican art and features fellow muralists Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Siqueiros. Anguiano was also a founding member of the Taller de Gráfica Popular, which supported young artists in their quest to branch out into new fields in the visual arts. (Copied from Encyclopedia Britannica.)

He was a Mexican critical realist painter, draftsman, muralist, and engraver, as well as a member of the second generation of the so-called “Mexican School of Painting,” along with Juan O’Gorman, Judith Gutierrez, Jorge González Camarena, José Chávez Morado, Alfredo Zalce, Jesús Guerrero Galván, Julio Castellanos, among others. Anguiano’s work dealt with and reflected issues that affected Mexico and its people. His way of thinking was eclectic and anti-sectarian, as reflected in his artistic expression. (Copied from MLA Gallery.)