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José Chávez Morado
20th century
(Silao, Mexico, 1909 – 2002, Guanajuato, Mexico)

Between 1925 and 1930, Chavez Morado travelled and worked in various parts of the U.S. before studying painting at the Chouinard School of Arts in Los Angeles. While in California, he observed Orozco working on his mural, Prometeo, for the dining hall of Pomona College in Claremont. In 1932, Chavez Moado returned to Mexico where he studied painting with Bulmaro Guzmán, engraving with Francisco Díaz de León,and lithography with Emilio Amero at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (San Carlos). He became friends with Leopoldo Méndez, Fernando Leal, and Gonzalo de la Paz-Perez at the Centro Popular de Pintura Saturnino Herran. In 1933, he was appointed chief of the graphic arts department of the Ministry of Education, in Mexico City. Three years later he became a member of La Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios. He joined the Taller de Gráfica Popular in 1938 and remained a member until 1941. Between 1945 and 1947 he was lithography teacher at the Escuela de Artes del Libro. In addition to his participation in the graphic arts, Chavez Morado has executed many murals and mosaics. In the 1930s, he also created costume and set designs for ballet and theater productions. After leaving the TGP Chavez Morado and his wife, the painter Olga Costa, established the Galerie Espirale.


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