Guillermo Meza

Mexico, 1917

BIOGRAPHY

In his youth Meza was apprentice in his father´s tailor shop while studying music, drawing and engraving at the Escuela Nocturna de Arte para Trabajadores. In 1937 he went to Morelia to work as an assistant to the painter Santos Balmori and studied at the Spain-Mexico School. In Mexico City he worked as salesman, mechanic, plumber, photograph, retoucher and porter. Meza showed his drawing to Diego Rivera, who sent him on to Inés Amor with an enthusiastic letter. She gave him in 1940 his first solo exhibition. In 1947 Meza worked with the Mexican Dance Academy and the following year with the Magic Lantern Players. As president of the First National Congress of Visual Artists he helped to promote the Ministry of Culture. In 1953 and 1954 he won the first prize in the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana´s national painting competition. In 1977 he designed sets and costumes for a ballet company in Norway. Meza is represented in such leading museum collections as the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His 'expressionist - surrealist' paintings, of themes often drawn from Indian mythology, associated with work of such artists as Frida Kahlo and Agustín Lazo; he also treated political themes.

Artworks by Guillermo Meza