Méndez, Leopoldo

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Name
Méndez, Leopoldo Gender: M
Leopoldo Méndez Lopez
born on 30 June 1902 at 13:00 (= 1:00 PM )
Place Mexico City, Mexico, 19n24, 99w09
Timezone LMT m99w09 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 08°02' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 02°27 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 21°35'



Biography

Mexican graphic artist, renowned as one of his country’s most important artists from the 20th century. Méndez’s work mostly focused on engraving for illustrations and other print work generally connected to his political and social activism. His most influential work was connected to organizations such as the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios and the Taller de Gráfica Popular, creating propaganda related to the ideals of the Mexican Revolution and against the rise of Fascism in the 1930s. Despite his importance in 20th-century artistic and political circles, Méndez was a relatively obscure figure during his life, and remains so afterwards. The reasons for this generally relate to the fact that he believed in working collaboratively and anonymously for the good of society rather than for monetary gain and because the socialist and communist themes of his work fell out of favour with later generations. Despite this, he has received some posthumous recognition with Mexican scholarship considering him to be the successor to graphics artist José Guadalupe Posada.

In general there is little written about the artist’s personal life as he kept this separate from his career. In addition, there are few published photographs of Méndez. He died on 8 February 1969, aged 66, in Mexico City.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Distrito Federal archives.

Categories

  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession