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09

JESUS HELGUERA

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JESUS HELGUERA

(1912–1971)

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.

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