We are pleased to present work by two of the most prominent Latin American artists of the 20th century, Diego Rivera (1886 - 1957) and Francisco Zúñiga (1912 - 1998). Their art reveals a sense of beauty and poetry in everyday life, deeply felt humanism, and an interest in cultural identity.
Mexican-born Diego Rivera was a controversial, talented artist, well-known for his leftward political leanings, tumultuous marriage to painter Frida Kahlo, and his large frescos. In the 1920’s, his murals helped establish the Mexican Mural movement, and he went on to paint frescos throughout the United States. The painting Labor was done as a study for a mural in San Francisco; it is inscribed to a Mr. Herman Black, reportedly the contractor on the project.
Francisco Zúñiga was born and raised in Costa Rica, but moved to Mexico at the age of 23. There, he established his reputation, primarily portraying Mexican women; he considered the human figure to be “the most important aspect of the world around (him).” El Pastorcillo is one of Zúñiga's rare depictions of a male. The shepherd boy, contemplative and thoughtful, has Zúñiga's signature combination of classical training and a primal, timeless quality. We hope you will get a chance to see these unique historical works in the gallery.