Juan Alcázar Mendez

Mexican/Oaxaqueño

Juan Alcázar Mendez studied in Oaxaca and in Jalapa and Veracruz during the 1960s and 1970s, specializing in printmaking. He became a teacher of printmaking in 1973 at the School of Fine Arts at Benito Juárez Autónomous University in Oaxaca. Alcázar studied lithography in Mexico City and in 1974 he was one of the founders (along with Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo and Roberto Donis), of the Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo in Oaxaca.

Alcázar has had one man exhibitions in Mexico, Massachusetts and New York. Alcázar’s work is influenced by the cultural diversity in Mexico and it's history of ongoing social revolution. He uses the theme of cultural integration of Europeans and indigenous Mexicans. He also uses recurring mythological beasts, evoking Greek mythology and spirits of the Nahual. He maximizes the tactile qualities of etching and lithography by employing tusche washes and aquatint grounds.

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