martes, 10 de febrero de 2009

New painting: Respect to Enrique Guzman


New painting: Respect to Enrique Guzman, 2009
Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 centimeters

Enrique Guzman was born in Aguascalientes in 1952. After winning the second prize for a painting contest in his home state, thanks to his collage called “Dismemberment” (1969), he gained a scholarship to study in Mexico City. During the early seventies, critics hailed Guzman as one of Mexican art main renovators, labeling his work as neo figurative. However, the rebellious and lonesome man Guzman was, rejected such recognition, in a stubborn new phase in which he made new work that was intended to be completely apart from his previous celebrated triumphs.
In 1978, Guzman was the figure of a scandal, during the closing ceremony of a national painting contest in the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City’s downtown, for not being awarded with the First prize. He left town about a year afterwards.
Frustrated, bitter, he lived for brief periods of time in some cities of central Mexico, hired by local culture ministries as a painting or drawing teacher so and so, but never settling down, even though art galleries back in the capital never quite abandoned him and kept on acquiring his work. He took his life in 1986 in the city of San Luis Potosi.

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