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Mexico remembers Siqueiros

The creative artist, one of the three great Mexican muralists, along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, was an intellectual artist always concerned about the public dimension of art, who bequeathed the Mexican people his home, now the Public Art Room Siqueiros (SAPS); His production workshop in Cuernavaca, Morelos (La Tallera), along with an important collection of easel, graphic, drawing, studies and murals, as well as his personal archive and library.

David Alfaro Siqueiros studied at the National School of Fine Arts and at 16 he enlisted to fight in the Revolution, under the orders of General Dieguez; For his political and trade union activity he was imprisoned on several occasions. His work, considered specialists, in many ways renewed the canons of Mexican painting.

He traveled through Latin America and the United States, where he established an experimental workshop to which Jackson Pollock attended as a student. Siqueiros thought that if painting was destined to generate change, then he had to speak the language of his time, so he used modern techniques and industrial materials - pyroxylin, automotive lacquers and photography - as supports in compositional construction.

The artist, whose name was Jose de Jesus Alfaro Siqueiros (the name of David began using it after his partner Graciela Amador Gachita, named it with that name in the decade of the twenties - a fact that released the criticism of Art Raquel Tibol-), had a creative life, leaving his political ideology in murals such as The march of humanity, The call to freedom, Burial of the sacrificed worker and Death to the invader.

Ciudad Universitaria, the National Museum of History, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the National Medical Center and the Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros are some of the places where the work of the winner of the National Prize of Art of Mexico (1966) can be enjoyed, observed And analyzed in Mexico City.

January is the month in which Mexico remembers this great artist that through his art tried to change the Latin American situation with his critic.