(b.1940, Oaxaca, Mexico)
Francisco Toledo, a Zapotec Indian, studied art in Oaxaca during his youth. As a young man he moved to Paris to continue his studies. Following his stay abroad, Toledo was able to draw upon his European experiences and encounters while simultaneously imbuing his work with his Mexican heritage and life. This combination of influences resulted in the development of a unique ideological and aesthetic perspective.
Toledo’s works include pottery, sculpture, weaving, graphic arts and painting. One of the most pervasive themes in Toledo's paintings is animals. He presents animals as part of a symbiotic relationship between the painter and the rural indigenous world. He believes in a world where all men, like the flora and fauna that surrounds them, are fundamental to the understanding of the universe. Many of the animals that he has painted appear to be mythical and having come a prehistoric world.