Gunther Gerzso

Mexico, 1915


Of Hungarian descent, Gunther Gerzso was born in Mexico in 1915. In 1922, Gerzso moved to Europe at the age of eight. Gerzso returned to Mexico in 1931 and began working as a theater costume designer. He was then involved in the film industry, designing many of the sets and costumes for highly regarded directors such as Luis Buñuel, John Ford, and Yves Allegret. Gerzso’s acquaintance with the members of the Surrealist group in Mexico during the 1940s is evident in his works of that period. His paintings, however, eventually developed a more abstract geometric language as he grew more attracted to Cubism and Pre-Columbian art. There have been several important retrospective exhibitions of Gerszo’s work at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (1963); Phoenix Museum of Art (1970); Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (1970 and 1977); University of Texas, Austin (1976); Museo de Monterrey (1981); Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (1986), and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2004). He received a Guggenheim scholarship in 1973. Gerzso died in Mexico in 2000.

Artworks by Gunther Gerzso