“I sensed something was going on when he played a show in Richmond, Virginia (June 30, 1956). It was a pretty straight Southern town and you had a lot of young girls there, maybe 4,000 in the theatre. The girls would be hugging each other in the darkness and would cry.”
Since the 1940s, large numbers of Mexican homes and businesses feature the calendar art of Jesus Helguera. Jesus was a Mexican artist who left Mexico after the Mexican Revolution. He married a Spanish woman, a native of Madrid. He left Spain during the Spanish Civil War. He painted his Spanish wife’s image as a scantily clad Azteca, and as a traditional rural Mexicana. He immortalized both Aztec mythology and the Virgen de Guadalupe.
He admired the Mexican artists Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, and Tamayo. Being very unassuming, he never considered himself an artist or tried to exhibit his original paintings.