Francisco Toledo  (Mexican, 1940) 

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Francisco Toledo (Mexican, b.1940) is a graphic artist who works in various media including sculpture, pottery, painting, weaving, and graphic arts. He studied in the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Oaxaca and the Centro Superior de Artes Aplicadas del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, where he studied under Guillermo Silva Santamaria (Columbian, 1927–2007). In the early 1960s, Toledo traveled throughout Europe and eventually settled in Paris, France. Soon, he set himself up in the workshop of artist Stanley William Hayter (British, 1901–1988).

In 1965, Toledo returned to Mexico and began using what he had learned in Europe to create a new style of Mexican Art. In 1973, he had a show in the Carl Finkler Gallery in Paris, and, in 1975, he had a show at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York. By 1980, his work was extensive enough for the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City to hold a retrospective. His work is concerned with the cultural traditions of his birthplace, the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The myths, people, flora, and fauna of Oaxaca play major roles in many of his works. He has illustrated numerous books based on the ancestral stories of his people. These books include Chilam Balam, Guachi, and Sahagún. Works such as Chivo and Shoe and Toads show Toledo's use of Oaxaca and animals. He has also created a series of 15 prints inspired by Franz Kafka's Report For an Academy. Toledo has spent much of his life promoting the arts in Oaxaca. In 1988, he founded the Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca, which currently holds roughly 12,000 books dealing with numerous art forms and Mexican Art. He also founded the Museum de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, Mexico.

For his social work and devotion to his home state, Toledo has received numerous awards including the Mexican National Prize in 1998, the Prince Claus Award in 2000, and the Right Livelihood Award in 2005. He is the father of the poet Natalia Toledo (Mexican, b.1968) and artists Dr Lakra (Mexican, b.1972) and Laureana Toledo (Mexican, b.1970). Toledo currently lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Francisco Toledo, Conejo cayendo (Falling Rabbit)

 

Francisco Toledo
Conejo cayendo (Falling Rabbit)
Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art
Francisco Toledo, Two bat kite I

 

Francisco Toledo
Two bat kite I
2007

MLA Gallery
Francisco Toledo, El Que Sube

 

Francisco Toledo
El Que Sube
1964

MLA Gallery
Francisco Toledo, Mani mani

 

Francisco Toledo
Mani mani
1967

AAMD Fine Art
Francisco Toledo, Untitled

 

Francisco Toledo
Untitled
AAMD Fine Art
Francisco Toledo, Gato del té (Spinning Cats)

 

Francisco Toledo
Gato del té (Spinning Cats)
1978

AAMD Fine Art
Francisco Toledo, El lince y Rana (I Love Rose)

 

Francisco Toledo
El lince y Rana (I Love Rose)
2009

Denis Bloch Fine Art
Francisco Toledo, Sapos con Frijoles (Toads with Beans)

 

Francisco Toledo
Sapos con Frijoles (Toads with Beans)
2006

Denis Bloch Fine Art
Francisco Toledo, Descanso

 

Francisco Toledo
Descanso
Arte Nucleo Galeria
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Francisco Toledo, Hojas Muertas

 

Francisco Toledo
Hojas Muertas, 2004
color etching and drypoint

 

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Francisco Toledo, Escaleras

 

Francisco Toledo
Escaleras
color lithograph

 

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Francisco Toledo, Abstracto

 

Francisco Toledo
Abstracto
engraving

 

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1940   Born in Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico
1952   Began studying engraving under Arturo Garcia Bustos at the Bellas Artes school, Oaxaca, Mexico
1957   Studied in the free engraving workshop at Escuela de Artesania y Diseno of Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
  Lives and works in Oaxaca City, Mexico
2009   Francisco Toledo, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Santafé de Bogota, Colombia (solo)
2008   Francisco Toledo, Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago, Chile (solo)
2007   Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of El Paso, TX
El Maestro Francisco Toledo: Art from Oaxaca, 1959 – 2006, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
2005   Francisco Toledo: Grafica Reciente, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan, Mérida, Mexico (solo)
Los pajaros: Serie de grabados de Francisco Toledo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico (solo)
2004   Francisco Toledo: Recent Paintings, Latin American Masters, Beverly Hills, CA
Los cuadernos de la mierda; de Francisco Toledo, Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico (solo)
Francisco Toledo: Recent Graphic Works, Latin American Masters, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
2003   Francisco Toledo: Obra Gráfica, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay (solo)
Francisco Toledo: Cuento del Conejo y el Coyote, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico (solo)
2002   Francisco Toledo Obra Grafica para Arvi11974-2001, Galeria Arvil, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo de Anes Visuales de Santiago, Santiago de Chile, Chile (solo)
2001   Cuadernos de la Mierda, Museo de Arte Contemporane, Oaxaca, Mexico
Francisco Toledo, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenas Aires, Argentina (solo)
Obra Grafica para ArviI 1974-2001, Palacio de Bellas, Mexico City, Mexico
2000   Francisco Toledo, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Francisco Toledo, Selected Works on Paper 1999-2000 Masters, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Francisco Toledo, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK; Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Zoologia Fantastica, Casa de America, Madrid, Spain
Francisco Toledo, Bjennegarard Gallery, Copenhague, Denmark (solo)
La Sombra del Deseo, GaleriaJuan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico
Francisco Toledo Recent Works on Paper Etchings, Lit Xilographies from 1999.2000, Museum of Latin Americ Beach, CA (solo)
1998   Summer Group Show, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY
1996   Selection of Latin American Masters, Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art, New York, NY
Surrealism in Latin American Art, Bochum, Germany
Fransisco Toledo, Master Printmaker, Latin American Masters, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
1993   Death of Taste, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, IL
Erotica, Galeria Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico
Los Cuadernos Insomnes, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Alfredo Zalce, Morella, Michoacán, Mexico
1992   Small-Scale Sculpture, Felbach, Germany
Latin American Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Home Made in Oaxaca, Monterrey, Mexico
1991   Latin American Masters, Los Angeles, CA
1984   Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
1974   Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
1971   Dibujos de Francisco Toledo, Galeria Arvil, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1970   Francisco Toledo, Jack Misrachi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1969   Toledo. Obra Grafica, Galeria Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1968   Francisco Toledo, Galeria Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1967   Francisco Toledo, Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, England (solo)
1965   Galeria Haaken, Oslo, Norway (solo)
Galeria Misrachi, Mexico City, Mexico
Francisco Toledo, Galeria Antonio Souza, Mexico City, Mexico
Saidenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Francisco Toledo, Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris, France (solo)
1964   Galerie Rene Andrieu, Toulouse, France (solo)
Hamilton Galleries, London, England (solo)
1963   Francisco Toledo, Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris, France (solo)
Francisco Toledo, Galeria Antonio Souza, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1962   Francisco Toledo, Galeria Antonio Souza, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1959   Galería Antonio Souza, Mexico City, Mexico
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA