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BIOGRAPHY:Adofo Quinteros Gomez was born June 1, 1928 in Chihuahua. A government scholarship allowed him to move to Mexico City in 1951, and for the next four years he studied art at the Academia de San Carlos. He joined the predominantly leftist Taller de Grafica Popular (TGP)—founded by Mendez, O'Higgins and Arenal in 1937—in 1956 where he served as general secretary on two, non-consecutive occasions (1960, and again in 1963). Although his association with the TGP is often emphasized, by the time he parted ways with the group in 1967 he had established his reputation within Mexican art by joining (in 1957) the prestigious Salon de la Plastica Mexicana, travelled to USSR (1959) and other European nations as an artist and presided as presidente of the Jardin del Arte Sullivan—an outdoor gallery and marketplace for artists that existed outside of mainstream galleries and markets— from 1966-7. Quinteros died in Mexico City in 1995, and despite a lifetime of creative output little has been published about his life, work and politics. One of Mexico's great artists and designers is seldom remembered except as a footnote in the history of the TGP.THE COLLECTION:The items in this collection reflect the political and artistic traditions in which Quinteros talents flourished. The bulk of the collection covers the 1970s and 1980s, after his departure from TGP. Remarkably, very little has been written about Quinteros during this period. Many of the designs reflect a disillusionment with the "official" Mexican arts establishment, such as INBA (interestingly enough, Quinteros' studies were funded by a scholarship granted by the government of his home state of Chihuahua). Included are negatives for artwork, composed by Quinteros and Sarah Jimenez, for satirical tabloids such as Calacas. One notable design depicts a personification of INBA beheading a personification of "freedom of express" with the oversized axe of the "abuse of power." Throughout the 1980s, Quintero designed a number of radical leftist posters in support of armed guerrilla struggles in Central America, declaring solidarity with the FMLN, FSLN and Comandante Ana Maria; a sort of culmination of the radical thought that for so long influenced Quinteros. One Several of the posters include& 24 original drawings, including sketches of designs for prints and paste-down layouts& 38 posters of various sizes, including several that are mounted& 12 relief prints, one multi-color printed on oversize felt& 51 negative prints, including artwork designed by Sarah Jimenez and Quinteros forpolitical, satirical tabloids. (Item ID: 171313)


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