Alfredo Zalce

Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, 1908 - Morelia, Michoacán, 2003

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Alfredo Zalce is the result of his work. He was created by his brushes, his paintings filled him with color, the birds sellers of his engravings made him free, he was fed by Michoacan landscapes: Morelia by day, Morelia by night, Morelia by his loves with large eyes women that the same play the guitar, lull the child, read, paint or simply pose. A single passion in the master: creation, and two reasons to live: the pursuit of beauty and social commitment. (Source: By Beatriz Zalce, in ”Alfredo Zalce" preface by Juan Soriano, Gobierno de Michoacán)

According to Raquel Tibol, "In the work of the Morelian workshop excels the search for pleasure, pleasure of form, colors, transfiguration of the observed, of matter, of technique, of synthesis in plane or in volume, pleasure to evoke things seen here or there, pleasure to take old notes of the natural and to convert them into paintings of study, pleasure to repeat a picture made years ago and to verify that the hand and the eye are not a multiplying printing press; pleasure to gather very simple and seen things to conceptualize the composition, without trusting in the depth of the allegories, pleasure to paint a hundred times to Morelia, at dawn, at night, day, with or without people, its fountains, hills, climbing houses, hidden streets, all that presented as something distant, more thought than seen, filtered in a long grammar of stripping, learned once and for all in the twenties, when Diego Rivera at the head was translated to sensibility and Mexican ways, the overwhelming influence of post-impressionist European currents. (Source: By Beatriz Zalce, in ”Alfredo Zalce" preface by Juan Soriano, Gobierno de Michoacán)

Throughout his life he realized several murals in different parts of Mexico.




1932 Galería posada de la Secretaría de Educación Pública, Mexico City

1948 Museo Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Mexico City

1949 Museo Michoacano de Morelia, Michoacán

1962 "Treinta años de pintura, dibujo y grabado de Alfredo Zalce", Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

1975 "Obra Plástica de Alfredo Zalce", Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Morelia, Michoacán

1976 Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León

1977 Museo de la Alhóndiga de Granaditas, Guanajuato

1977 Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Nuevo León

1981 "Alfredo Zalce, Exposición Retrospectiva 1930-1980: Tributo a 50 años de su labor artística", Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City

1990 "Alfredo Zalce: Retrospectiva", Teléfonos de Mexico, Mexico City

1990 Galería de la Procuraduría General de Justicia, Mexico City

1991 "Alfredo Zalce: Obra gráfica", Instituto Quintanarroense de la Cultura, Quintana Roo, this exhibition was presented in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Cancun, Cozumel, Islas Mujeres and Bacalar

1991 "Espacio Gráfico de Alfredo Zalce", Castillo de la Real Fuerza de la Habana, Cuba

1992 Centro Cultural Plaza Fátima, Monterrey, Nuevo León

1993 "Alfredo Zalce: Muestra retrospectiva, 50 años de trabajo", Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Alfredo Zalce.

1993 Museo Regional de Guadalupe, Zacatecas

1993 Centro MANETEN, Gotemburgo, Suecia

1994 Museo de Arte de Queretaro, Queretaro

1994 Centro Cultural El Nigromante, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

1995 "Alfredo Zalce Pintura", Ex- convento Jesuita de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán

1995 "Zalce Total, Exposición Itinerante", Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Alfredo Zalce, Morelia Michoacán

1995 "Zalce Total, Exposición Itinerante", Museo de Arte Olga Costa - José Chávez Morado, Guanajuato

1995 "Zalce Total, Exposición Itinerante", Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato, Guanajuato

1995 "Zalce Total, Exposición Itinerante", Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Ciudad de México