(1907 - 1998)
One of Costa Rica’s most famous and respected artists, Francisco Amighetti entered the Academy of Fine Arts in 1926, where he studied under Spaniard Tomás Povedano. Later, he studied in Argentina and Mexico. He was influenced by Mexican and American art, German Expressionism, Japanese woodblock prints, and Post-Impressionism. He was especially intrigued by Surrealism. In the 1930’s, he joined a growing faction of artists looking to throw off the constraints of European tradition.
Though he began his career as a gifted cartoonist, Amighetti would explore a variety of artistic techniques. In 1934, he and a group of friends created a portfolio of xylographs, the exceptional Album of Engravings. Representing the region’s first attempt at this style of printmaking, the compilation remains one of Costa Rica’s most treasured works of art. A talented muralist, Amighetti rendered Costa Rican daily life through brightly colored frescoes. He also wrote poetry and painted in watercolors. Though he travelled the world to exhibit his work--world-famous by the 1950’s--he chose to remain in Costa Rica rather than live abroad. His more than 500 creations in his 70 years of work are some of the most valuable and highly sought after in Costa Rican art. Amighetti died in 1998 in San José, at the age of 91.