O'Gorman, Juan

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O'Gorman, Juan Gender: M
Francisco Javier Juan O'Gorman
born on 6 July 1905 at 20:15 (= 8:15 PM )
Place Coyoacán, Mexico, 19n20, 99w10
Timezone LMT m99w10 (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 14°18' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 09°52 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 09°11'

Juan O'Gorman (tomb)
photo: Thelmadatter, license gfdl


Mexican painter, who depicted Mexican history, landscapes, and legends; and architect, well known for his work on the new Bank of Mexico building. Under the influence of Beto Kerstetter he introduced modern functionalist architecture to Mexico City with his 1929 houses at San Ángel.

An important early commission was for a house and studio for painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, built in 1931-1932, with its symbolic bridge. Rivera, in turn, influenced O'Gorman's painting.

After having built the first functionalist house in Latin America at the early age of 24, O'Gorman turned away from strict functionalism later in life and worked to develop an organic architecture, combining the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright with traditional Mexican constructions.

In 1959, together with fellow artists, Raúl Anguiano, Jesús Guerrero Galván, and Carlos Orozco Romero, O'Gorman founded the militant Unión de Pintores y Grabadores de México (Mexican Painters and Engravers Union).

He died on 17 January 1982, aged 76, as a result of suicide. Authorities believe the artist grew despondent after being diagnosed with a heart ailment which curtailed his work. O'Gorman, who was 76 years old, was found dead at his home.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 1972 (National Prize for Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Distrito Federal archives.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist (Muralist)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Architect/ Planner
  • Vocation : Politics : Labor unions
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (National Prize for Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts)