Arturo Garcia Bustos: Art in Post-Revolutionary Mexico, an exhibit depicting the history of Mexico by one of the last surviving artists known as Los Fridos, who worked under Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, will be on display Oct. 3 through Nov. 1 in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery.
An official opening ceremony for the exhibit, featuring 44 original prints by Bustos, recognized as one of the greatest Mexican lithographers, will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
He works with four main themes in his lithographs: scenes of rural Mexican life, the fight of different towns for liberation, the campaign in favor of disarmament and peace, and portraits of people.
“Bustos has many pieces that he has created and we are very fortunate to have some of his artwork on campus,” said Santa Barrazos, Professor in the Department of Art.
Bustos, however, will not be attending the opening ceremony.
“After going to his opening showcase in Austin, Bustos, who is in his 90’s, became too tired to attend ours,” she said. “It is very unfortunate that he will not be attending, but just to have his artwork on campus is great.”
Bustos’ works have been exhibited in Argentina, Austria, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States.
“The artwork was shipped from Mexico City to Austin, which was where our Art Department had to commit to go and pick up the artwork,” Barazza said. “After being on display in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery exhibit, the collection will be transported to Houston to another organization.”
Octavio Fernandez Barrios, a renowned expert on the Mexico’s art history will be the guest speaker for the opening. He specializes in modern and contemporary art and has taught classes at the University of Morelos, an institute of Technological and Superior Studies in Monterrey.
Born in Mexico City near the Zocalo where the cultural and political environment fascinated and influenced the artistic development of a young Bustos. In 1941 Bustos entered the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas and the following year entered the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura. In 1945 he was one of four students who followed Kahlo to Coyoacan, where he entered the Taller Gradica Popular and participated in founding the group, Artistas Jovenes Revolucionarios. It was then that he met Rina Lazo who was an assistant to Rivera at the time. They soon married and have been together for 60 years. They share the Casa de la Malinche, where they both paint and create engravings.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is part of the university’s Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series (PPVAS), which is a year- long program of art, music, and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students, and community audiences.