Mexican sculptors that I admire – German Arzate Garza

My name is German Arzate, and I am part of the Mexican sculptors who have had a self-taught formation. I was born in Mexico City on April 18, 1967, the eldest of a family of 4 siblings.

My only way to access art was through my mother, a lover of the fine arts. At that time there was no internet and access to works of art was through books or encyclopedias.

There, my love was born for great Mexican sculptors of that time and recent. Here I present some of those contemporary artists that I most admire.

Mexican sculptors Leonora Carrington, Agustín Parra and Pedro Cervantes share characteristics that always take back the power of the past as an element, the self-taught or rejection of art academies.

An affinity and sensitivity for the mysticism of these Mexican sculptors help to revive the myth of the divine creator but also represents the human rebellion that defies and creates idols of precious metals that rival the invisible divinities.

Leonora Carrington

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonora Carrington is met, one of the Mexican sculptors I admire. For me, it is a pleasure and an honor to know her work.

Seeing her legacy is fascinating, and in particular, I feel that what is worth of Leonora Carrington is her boldness at a time when women were going through several difficult issues, for a woman to express herself was very difficult and to be able to reflect into some artistic field, political and economic situation was very difficult.

She is one of the best Mexican sculptors who took us to a way of thinking in which you confront, see and imagine and somehow fly with her and her works.

The fusion of human hands with animal shims, bells and different artifacts embodied in painting, sculpture and many techniques continue to speak of fascinating things.

Leonora Carrington occupies a very special place among Mexican sculptors. It is sometimes funereal and dark, but I love how she could reflect what she wanted to think and say, something artistic.

100 years have passed since her birth, and recently a great artist left us. But she has left a legacy that lets itself be seen and left a lot of work to admire in Mexico.

In particular, I do my job in the same place where she made her foundries, and I love to see how her works are plastered there and how in Mexico she is a great woman of art.

Agustín Parra

Among the Mexican sculptors who have developed their own personality, recalling elements of art from other times is Agustín Parra, a well-known artist who has tended to integrate religious motifs in his work, which includes the revitalization of ancient techniques.

Parra works under commissions of colonial art by ecclesiastical bodies and their figures reach a special realism where attention to detail of the human anatomy highlights, feet, veins, hands, etc. as a constant concern among this group of Mexican sculptors.

The pieces are made individually, and Parra uses all possible original methods of centuries ranging from the XIV to the XVII.

Also, the closeness and predilection of the Catholic Church for his work has placed Parra among the select group of Mexican sculptors who have been able to carry out works for three different Popes.

Parra participated along with other Mexican artists and sculptors in the elaboration of 96 pieces during the papal visits of 1999 and 2002 and 34 for the one of 2012. He recently furnished the furniture for Pope Francisco’s reception.

Pedro Cervantes

Pedro Cervantes as Leonora Carrington and Agustín Parra is one of the Mexican sculptors who have experienced or performed works with the greatest number of materials possible giving his work a technical and creative freedom that highlights it.

Cervantes is part of the Mexican sculptors who confess to having a fascination for the animal side of things.

Also, Cervantes has been one of the first Mexican sculptors to pronounce for a proposal of “ecological” work, that is, pieces that harmonize with the city space, which avoids the visual contamination of the urban landscapes.

Although he studied at the National School of Fine Arts, he left the academic salons for, like other Mexican sculptors, he decided to experiment with various materials.

Cervantes’ work expresses elements of sexuality, the infinite pleasure that unites with the infinite instability of the erotic and loving feeling.

Undoubtedly, Mexico offers a wide range of influences that pick up elements of the great technical diversity, thematic that offers this country full of ideas and phantoms that in this case are represented in all mystical erotic motifs in the work of these Mexican sculptors.

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