Carlos Mérida

1891 - 1984, Guatemalan

Carlos Mérida, painter, muralist, printmaker, illustrator, theatre producer, musician, educator, and interior designer, was born in Quexaltenango, Guatemala on December 2, 1891.
In 1910 he travelled to France and it was in Paris that Mérida was introduced to the leading avant-garde artists such as Van Dagen, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, and Piet Mondrian, as well as other Latin American artists such as Diego Rivera, Jorge Enciso, Angel Zarraga, and Dr. Atl.
By 1914 Mérida had returned to Guatemala, formed a partnership with sculptor 'Yela Gunther.
Mérida relocated to Mexico in 1919 and had found an audience that appreciated his folk-themed paintings: a combination of traditional Guatemalan folklore and his "American" or New World identity concept.
The works of Carlos Mérida can be found at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; Museum of Dallas, Texas; Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and the Museo de Arte Moderna, Caracas, Venezuela.
Mérida continued to paint until the day he died at the age of ninety-three years old on December 22, 1984.

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