Wolfgang Paalen(Austria, 1905 – Mexico, 1959)

Born in Austria in 1905, from 1939 he settled in Mexico. He went through the languages of postimpressionism, expressionism and surrealism. In the last years of his career, he concentrated on a proposal of his own, independent of any dominant and limiting artistic movement.

In 1942 enrolled the cultural world from Mexico. His work, writings and ability to stimulate other artists with his ideas were a powerful factor in liberating Mexican art from the nationalist monopoly.

Kishio Murata (Japan, 1910 – Mexico, 1992)

He arrived in Mexico in 1956 at the invitation of Dr. Alvar Carrillo Gil, who, during an exhibition in Japan, discovered his colorful prodigy and was one of the earliest abstract artists that enlarged his collection.

“Murata is an extraordinary, elegant colorist; especially elegant and sumptuous; he knows how to give to the colors of his paintings all the opulence that is possible to obtain from them; at the same time, he knows how to contain this opulence with contrasting colors, but not only in surface, but in depth; his painting is dense, enriched with unsuspected transparencies, changing and always seductive“. - Alvar Carrillo Gil.

Mathias Goeritz (Poland, 1915 – Mexico, 1990)

Goeritz landed in Mexico in 1954, after extensive residences in Spain and Morocco. Well known for his explorations linked to emotional architecture, the collection only include the series of engravings inspired by the pictographs of the caves of Altamira, Spain, where the artist recognized the link of the work of prehistoric craftsmen with the one he and many contemporaries made, trying to capture the wealth and complexity of their environment.

Gunther Gerzso (Mexico, 1915 –2000)

Gunther Gerzso, born of a Hungarian father and German mother, transited within the languages of surrealism but also was influenced by the imposing reference of the “Mexican School of Painting”. Simultaneously with his pictorial work, he developed a profuse cinematographic career in the field of stage design. From 1946, through his travels throughout the Mexican Republic, he found special inspiration in the architectural features of Mayan cities and monuments, experimentation close to the analysis that realized the artist later with the constructions of the Greek citadels.

Luis Nishizawa (Mexico, 1918–2014)

He began his studies at the National School of Plastic Arts in 1942. He ventured into landscape and still life as thematic axes, linking his production to the already established “Mexican School of Painting”. Over time he moved to other forms of plastic expression, he was freed on the stroke and gave dynamism to his compositions, close to the learning experience of Japanese engraving, a technique he masterfully learned in this eastern country. In the pictorial, the stain is its most used and identifiable resource. Less frequently, he ventured into muralism, where his primary proposal was material experimentation.

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