Carlos Merida
(1891 - 1984)


Carlos Merida was born in Guatemala. Merida originally studied music, but lost most of his hearing due to illness. Mérida studied at the Instituto de Artes y Artesanias in Guatemala City. He became inspired by the revolution in Mexico, and consequently traveled there to become involved in the country’s mural-painting renaissance. Starting in 1922 Mérida worked with Diego Rivera to paint the murals of the Anfiteatro Bolivar in Mexico City. Later, Merida, Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros founded the Union of Workers, Technicians, Painters and Sculptors together. Earlier paintings exhibit his fascination with metamorphose and organis form. His later works reflect the woven works of the indigenous peoples of Guatemala.