Jose Luis Cuevas
(b. 1934, Mexico City)
Self-taught artist and activist Jose Luis Cuevas has an international reputation for his drawings, engravings and sculptures. During the 1950s, he was a catalyst in the transition from the muralist style to a contemporary Mexican art that challenged tradition and social content. A master draftsman, Cuevas played a pivotal role in Latin America's drawing and printmaking renaissance of the 60s and 70s. Like Fernando Botero and Antonio Segui, he is associated with Latin America's neo-figurative movement.
Cuevas has said that his drawing represents the solitude and isolation of contemporary man and man's inability to communicate. It is for this reason that he often distorts and transforms the human figure to the point of uniqueness.
Cuevas writes a weekly column in Excelsior, one of the main Mexico City newspapers. The Jose Luis Cuevas Museum in Mexico City honors his contribution to art.