Selected Past Exhibitions

Francisco Toledo
Recent Paintings
October 16 - December 30, 2004
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Francisco Toledo

Francisco Toledo was born in Juchitán, Oaxaca in 1940, although he was raised in the south of the state of Veracruz. At the age of 12, he arrived to the city of Oaxaca where he started his artistic education at the Taller of Arturo García Bustos. A few years later he travelled to Mexico City and enrolled in the School of Design and Craftsmanship of La Ciudadela. He had his first solo exhibit in 1959 at the Antonio Souza Gallery; shortly after he had his first U.S. one-man show at the Fort Worth Art Center, Texas. That same year, he traveled to Europe where he completed his studies visiting museums. He did an engraving at the William Hayter Atelier, and was contacted by Karl Flinker who gave him his first one-man show in Paris. When Flinker retiered several years later, he exhibited with Daniel Gervis. He experimented in various media, painting, watercolor, sculpture, ceramics and tapestries. Produced a series of graphic work at the Atelier of Clot and Bramsen in Paris, which were shown in 1969 at the Juan Martin Gallery in Mexico City. He traveled to New York in 1979, where he stayed for one year. On his return to Mexico, he exhibited the different techniques he commanded in a major show held at the Museum of Modern Art of Mexico City. Back to Europe in 1984, he stayed for four years working in Paris and Barcelona, where he produced a portfolio for Polígrafa Editores. He returned in 1988 and settled in Oaxaca where he devotes himself to the promotion and diffusion of culture in that state. With that aim he founded Toledo Editions, the institute of Graphic Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca, the Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center, the Movie Club El Pochote, the Paper Mill in San Felipe and the Botanical Garden of the Sto. Domingo ex-convent. He created the Pro-Oax association, which is dedicated to the preservation of archeological and ecological sites such as Monte Alban and the Papaloapan River. He has received awards for his ecological work: Prince Klaus of the Netherlands in 2000, and the Annual Award Federico Sescosse of UNESCO in 2003.

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