David Alfaro Siqueiros

Santa Rosalia de Camargo, Chihuahua, 1896 - Cuernavaca, Morelos, 1974

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The personality of David Alfaro Siqueiros emerge with all the vigorous and active characteristics of his old stock. Arises the passionate man, rushed worker with extensive knowledge of the people, saturated with spiritual restlessness, owner of an acute intelligence and fantasy always channeled by logic, generous principles, and with a sense of personal superiority really justified.

Prototype progressive man who does not feel satisfied with only the ideas, but that leads to the field of practice, in all cases. In other words, Siqueiros is an active force in constant development, always dissatisfied with the results of their work, constantly evolving, which is in keeping with the turbulent atmosphere of our times.

Searches in the fields of Art, and finds what he needs, takes the complex areas of social revolutions, captures the most vigorous waves stirred in them, organizes or intensifies them, he goes after the organization of the dispersed elements that have artistic tendencies and congregate them in groups or unions; attacks the artistic misoneism and achieves its paralysis, takes advantage of those modern technical achievements that may be useful to his art of painting, and manages them to give new ways to his painting. He is, in short, an archetype of intellectual revolutionary, a man of action and artist of his time. (Source: By Dr. Atl, in "Siqueiros: Retrospective Exhibition, 1911-1967", University Museum of Science and Art, 1967)

Siqueiros, revolutionary, has its place in the social-political fields, the painter Siqueiros has a place in art history. And no question of dividing the man, but to consider here in the foreground to the artist. His determined attitude to renew traditional methods of painting, his stimulating influence of different modes on other artists. Baroque, romantic and heroic sense of his expressions and good successes, makes to Siqueiros one of the most important masters of contemporary painting.The artist has somehow distinguished between art and politics, as in his work is cautious so as not to go beyond certain limits. The mainstream of his themes is universalism, with some critical thinking and indeed historic, but what history is taken by him always in a symbolic sense to refer to widely universal human ideals. His work, together, being monumental, has two main dimensions: the heroic and the sentimental: always passionate, lyrical meaning and intellectualism balance its expression the most often and are the basis of the structures measuring his fiery temperament . His bizarre attitudes are purified and transformed into his art, so that it reaches a more valuable and genuinely poetic significance. (Source: By Justino Fernandez in "Siqueiros: Retrospective Exhibition, 1911-1967", University Museum of Science and Art, 1967)


David Alfaro Siqueiros Main Solo Exhibitions


1932 Casino Español, Mexico City.

1932 Jack Zeitlin Bookstore, Los Angeles, California.

1932 Gallery of the Hotel Ambassador, Los Angeles, California.

1933 Amigos de la Sociedad de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1934 Delphic Studios Gallery, New York.

1938 Found the "Siqueiros Experimental Workshop and Laboratory of Modern Techniques in Art", New York

1940 Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York.

1947 "70 obras recientes de David Alfaro Siqueiros", Museo Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Mexico City

1953 Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City.

1956 Estudio Siqueiros, Mexico.

1956 Museo Alvar Carrillo Gil, Mexico City.

1964 Galeria Misrachi, Mexico City.

1965 Build the "Tallera" en Cuernavaca, which later becomes the "Escuela Taller Siqueiros"

1967 "Siqueiros: Exposición Retrospectiva 1911-1967", Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico City

1968 Palacio de Bellas Artes de la Habana, Cuba

1972 Opening of the Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros with the mural "La Marcha de la Humanidad en América Latina"

1972 "Siqueiros: Exposición Retrospectiva", Museo Central de Tokio y Museo Nacional de Hyogo, Japan

1973 "Siqueiros: Exposición Homenaje", Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

1973 Opening of the "Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros", 25 days before his dead

1974 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

1975 "David Alfaro Siqueiros: 1896-1974 Homenaje", Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

1976 "David A. Siqueiros: Opere Grafiche, Festival de l’Unita Parco Arena Castello"; Milan, Italy

1982 "La creación artística en Lecumberri, obras de David Alfaro Siqueiros y Manuel Rodríguez Lozano", Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico City

1984 "Siqueiros: Visión Técnica y Estructural", Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

1985 Centro Cultural Tijuana, Baja California

1992 "Rostros de David Alfaro Siqueiros", Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City

1994 "Siqueiros: El lugar de la Utopía", Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City

1995 "Pollock - Siqueiros, Siqueiros - Pollock", Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Alemania

1996 "Siqueiros por Siqueiros", Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City

1996 "Siqueiros 100 años", Congreso Nacional, Sala el Farol de la Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile

1996 "Retrato de una década 1930-1940: David Alfaro Siqueiros", Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City

1996 "Siqueiros en la Mira", Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City

1996 "Siqueiros en la colección del Museo Carrillo Gil", Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City

1999 "Siqueiros en Lecumberri", Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City

2011 "Siqueiros Paisajista", Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City