Carlos Orozco Romero
(Guadalajara, 1898 - 1984, México D.F.)
Orozco Romero was first recognized by the public as a caricaturist and follower of David Alfaro Siqueiros. He moved to México D.F. in 1914. He took up the profession of painting after spending several years in Europe in the early 1920s. His early abstract style quickly became surrealistic. Orozco Romero began making woodcuts in 1922. Between 1923 and 1925 he was in charage of the printmaking class at the Escuela Preparatoria de Guadalajara. With work produced in one of his classes he published Los pequeños grabadores in madera, a porfolio of thirty woodcuts, in 1925. Although experimental in character, some of the portraits included in this album show a great sensitivity to this newly revived medium. Orozco Romero took a course in lithography from Emilio Amero at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City in 1929. In 1935 he began making drypoints and in 1940, attempting to imitate watercolor technique with etching, he devoted himself to experimenting with a new method of intaglio color printing. He produced a portfolio of three etchings published by the Talleres Gráficos de la Nación in 1938. Orozoco Romero contributed to the Taller de Gráfica Popular Album of 1944 which included prints by twenty-two member and guest artists.