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Gabriel Fernández Ledesma
(Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1900 - 1983, Mexico City)
Fernández Ledesma went to Mexico City in 1917 where he enrolled in the Academy of San Carlos. In 1922 he met Jean Charlot and began making woodcuts. He became intensely involved with the graphic arts during the mid-twenties, making woodcuts and contributing to the avant-garde journal, El horizonte, published in Jalapa by the Estridentistas. Fernández Ledesma also founded and became director of the Centro Popular de Pintura "Santiago Rebull" in 1925. In 1929 he made his first color lithographs for his book. Juguetes mexicanos, published in 1930. From 1938 until 1949 Fernández Ledesma worked as head of the graphic arts section of the publicity department of the Ministry of Education. As a guest artist, he collaborated with the Taller de Gráfica Popular on illustrated books, portfolios, and corridos. Fernández Ledesma was involved with the organization of several major exhibitions of Mexican art, including the 1940 "Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art" for the museum of Modern Art, New York.